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Social Protest Lit.: Abigail Adams “Ladies in Rebellion”

Posted on the 17 March 2015 by Paul Phillips @sparkingtheleft

indexTaken from “Ladies in Rebellion” drafted by Abigail Adams, the wife of one President of the United States and the mother of another, 1774-1818. This is from a letter to her husband written in 1774, during the Continental Congress. This piece of an essay is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter is summarized as to pertain to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.”

I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And in the new code of laws of which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors….If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

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