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Abigail Adams was an influential wife mother and woman of the new Republic whose dedication provided a strong advocacy for the education of women to allow them to better fulfill their roles as wives and mothers and counselors of the Republics new men and yet not abandoning their roles in the private sector while influencing the public one Born Abigail Smith on November 11 1744 in Weymouth Massachusetts she was the second child of one of the families of the major family network in Bostons South Shore Although her family lived well they had no fortune thus young Abigail learned from the very beginning how to work the Parsonage farm her father William Smith was the minister of the North Parish Congregational Church of Weymouth Abigail learned from her mother Elizabeth Quincy-from one of the Colonys old and prominent families- how to master a public role as a ministers wife and the care of the less fortunate It was not until Abigail was a mother herself that she would understand to an extent her mothers over protectiveness of her while growing up which was mostly influenced by Abigails poor health Her poor health contributed to her not being able to attend whatever little schooling for females was permitted at the time yet to her advantage she possessed a insatiable thirst for knowledge and was not lacking in teachers in her parents older sister close relatives and later in her eclectic choice of authors among which were James Thomson Alexander Pope Samuel Richardson But the life long habit of writing letters to numerous people proved to be her best instructor and she its most apt pupil At age 15 Abigail met the man whose frequent absences due to his duty to the Nation would oblige her to exclaim she was bereft of my better half During their four years of evolution from acquaintance to friendship to courtship to engagement and finally to marriage John
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