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Ideas from text: key words & phrases.

What are some of the key ideas of the letters between John and Abigail Adams? - John and Abigail Adams discussed how to set up a government and the pros and cons of different powers in their letters.

What does Abigail Adams threaten to do if women are not given representation in the new laws of the land?
- She threatened to start a rebellion if there weren’t new laws of the land, which would demand freedom for women.

What other groups, besides women, does John Adams claim are demanding more freedoms from the government? What do these groups have in common with women?
-The groups that demand more freedom were the Negroes, Indians, children and apprentices. They share something common with women because they all are demanding the same thing, which is freedom.

How do you think Abigail Adams felt when she read her husband's letter? * Abigail might have felt she is maybe going to accomplish or get what she wants because she’s not the only one demanding it.

John Adams was on the committee to help write the Declaration of Independence. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, states that: "We hold these truths to be self–evident: that all men are created equal...” Who do you think John Adams and the other signers of the Declaration of Independence were referring to by "all men"? * When they said “all men” they might have only meant only men excluding women.

Was it their intention to include women? Slaves? Native Americans?
-I doubt it was their intention to include these people but they all demanded freedom.

What are some of your thoughts and reactions to these letters? * Some of my thoughts and reactions to these letters are that I think it was selfish not to include women into voting or anything because we’re hum beings just like men and women had to fight and put their feet down to gain freedom and they had to demand it....
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