Remember the Ladies in the Declaration of Independence

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1.What are some of the key ideas of the letters between John and Abigail Adams? 2.What does Abigail Adams threaten to do if women are not given representation in the new laws of the land? 3.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? 4.How do you think Abigail Adams felt when she read her husband's letter?

5.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"? 6.Was it their intention to include women? Slaves? Native Americans? 7.What are some of your thoughts and reactions to these letters?|1.The Adams were a very close couple, even though they spent a lot of time part. They teased and joked with each other and had a passion for each other, as well as for independence and liberty.

Key ideas in their letters were liberty, the end of slavery, and independence for all. Abigail pushed for independence of women. 2.Abigail threatens feminism by saying “If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to forment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” 3.The other groups were children, apprentices, guardians and the negroes. The thing they had in common in women groups is that they were starting to disobey and disrespect and wanted freedom. Everyone wanted freedom. 4.Abigail was probably less than happy with her husband’s joking response to her request that he should remember the women when helping to craft a new nation. 5.Understanding that the issue of slavery was complex, they drafted the phrase to mean that a person’s natural rights are equal and...
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