Abigail Adams by Woody Holton

By Woody Holton

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2009
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Winner of the Bancroft Prize

The long island instances ebook Review, Editor's Choice

American history, better of 2009

In this brilliant new biography of Abigail Adams, the main illustrious lady of the founding period, Bancroft Award--winning historian Woody Holton bargains a sweeping reinterpretation of Adams's existence tale and of women's roles within the production of the republic.

Using formerly neglected records from quite a few files, Abigail Adams exhibits that the spouse of the second one president of the us used to be way more charismatic and influential than historians have learned. one of many best writers of her age, Adams passionately campaigned for women's schooling, denounced intercourse discrimination, and coupled wits not just together with her amazing husband, John, yet with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. while male Patriots missed her recognized entice "Remember the Ladies," she entire her personal own statement of independence: Defying centuries of laws that assigned married women's estate to their husbands, she accumulated a fortune in her personal name.

Adams's lifestyles tale encapsulates the historical past of the founding period, for she outlined herself when it comes to the folks she enjoyed or hated (she used to be by no means neutral), a solid of characters that incorporated her mom and sisters; Benjamin Franklin and James Lovell, her husband's bawdy congressional colleagues; Phoebe Abdee, her father's former slave; her financially naïve husband; and her son John Quincy.

At as soon as epic and intimate, Abigail Adams, sheds mild on a sophisticated, attention-grabbing girl, probably the most cherished figures of yank background.

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When he turned his attention to aviation, Glenn Curtiss was already famous as a motorcycle racer. In 1910, he sought a year-round seaplane operations facility for his New York aircraft manufacturing plant. In early 1911, he opened an aviation school on North Island, charging $500–$600 per student. Tuition could be applied to the purchase of one of his aircraft. ” He found it on North Island, where he leased an expanse of sagebrush from the Coronado Beach Company. ” He offered free training to Army and Navy pilots as an incentive to attract military interest in his aircraft.

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