Abigail Adams And The Revolutionary Time Period

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“If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.” – Abigail Adams (Brainy Quote). In the 1700’s, most women were uneducated and thought little about education and knowledge of the intricate workings of government and society. However, one woman saw the value of education and free thinking way before most of her contemporaries. In Abigail Adams, a biography by Charles W. Akers, a unique perspective of the revolutionary time period is displayed through the eyes of Abigail Adams by contrasting the way women were treated generally during that time period with the way Adams was treated. Through her eyes, the reader is exposed to not only her views but the way others viewed her as well. When studying a biography, it is important to know about the author in order to be able to determine his motivation for writing the biography. The author of Abigail Adams, Charles W. Akers (1920-2009), was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War II from 1942 to 1946. His experiences in World War II and with the Navy deepened his inherent historical interests. When his military career ended, he delved into education by teaching at Oakland University in the history department and penned several award-winning historical books. Abigail Adams was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and actually won the prestigious Colonial Dames of America Annual Book Award. Akers graduated from Eastern Nazarene College and went on to receive his masters and doctorate
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