Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage by Edith Gelles

By Edith Gelles

“Fascinating...Gelles has supplied a balanced portrait, and her mastery of the period’s matters and background is obvious on each web page. Her remedy of the family... [is] written with knowing and sensitivity... however it is her energy as a feminist historian that makes her therapy of Abigail the main gripping... masterful and captivating.”
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“A landmark... Well-organized and expertly composed, the publication is a powerful addition to the nation’s written history.”
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Readers who loved Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No usual Time, Cokie Roberts’s Founding Mothers, and David McCullough’s John Adams will love “this eminently readable… captivating and delicate, but candid and unflinching joint biography” (Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of the US, 1815-1848) of America’s unique “power couple”: Abigail and John Adams.

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In recognition of his service, Aaron Burr, now twenty, was promoted to major, and in June 1776 he joined the staff of General George Washington in New York City. Washington had moved the army to New York after the British evacuated Boston a few months earlier. Washington’s staff was occupying a mansion and large property known as Richmond Hill, in what is now Greenwich Village. ) Confronting the British in New York proved one of Washington’s most disastrous decisions.

The destruction of Fort Caroline, near present-day Jacksonville, in September 1565 and the slaughter of French soldiers a few weeks later was a mass sectarian killing by the Spanish admiral who founded Saint Augustine. ” But we can’t tell that to the children, can we? Such things don’t happen in America! So we allow them to pass through history class and let them walk through a museum “learning center,” safe in the knowledge that they are spared the ugliness in our past. Of course, the problem is that they never learn the truth.

1799 George Washington dies at age sixty-seven on December 14. , in June. The balloting in the December presidential election produces a tie. The contest is sent to the House of Representatives. 1801 After thirty-six ballots, the House chooses Thomas Jefferson as third president of the United States on February 17; Aaron Burr becomes vice president. 1803 Marbury v. ” 1803 The Louisiana Purchase. The United States roughly doubles in size. Under the terms of the purchase, the status of West Florida and Texas is left unclear.

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