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By Woody Holton

Publish yr note: First released in 2009

Winner of the Bancroft Prize

The manhattan instances e-book Review, Editor's Choice

American historical past, better of 2009

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

Using formerly ignored records from various documents, Abigail Adams indicates that the spouse of the second one president of the us was once 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 paired wits not just together with her significant husband, John, yet with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. while male Patriots neglected her recognized attract "Remember the Ladies," she entire her personal own announcement of independence: Defying centuries of laws that assigned married women's estate to their husbands, she collected a fortune in her personal name.

Adams's existence tale encapsulates the heritage of the founding period, for she outlined herself on the subject of the folk she enjoyed or hated (she was once by no means neutral), a forged of characters that integrated 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, some of the most loved figures of yankee heritage.

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A series of rugged zigzags enabled me to make my way down into the weird under-world of the crevasse. Its chambered hollows were hung with a multitude of clustered icicles, amid which pale, subdued light pulsed and shimmered with indescribable loveliness. Coming again to the surface, I noticed boulders of every size on their journeys to the terminal moraine—journeys of more than a hundred years, without a single stop, night or day, winter or summer. The sun gave birth to a network of sweet-voiced rills that ran gracefully down the glacier, curling and swirling in their shining channels, and cutting clear sections through the porous surface-ice into the solid blue, where the structure of the glacier was beautifully illustrated.

They decided to remain several days, at the least, while I concluded to make an excursion in the mean time to the untouched summit of Ritter. And as the weather was still profoundly calm, and the distance to the foot of the mountain only a little more than a day, I felt that I was running no great risk of being storm-bound. I had explored the adjacent wilderness summer after summer, but my studies thus far had never drawn me to the top of it. But difficulties of this kind only exhilarate the mountaineer.

In these regions the extension of the sea effected by its own action in post-glacial time is scarcely appreciable as compared with that effected by ice-action. Mount Rainier from Paradise Valley—Nisqually Glacier Traces of the vanished glaciers made during the period of greater extension abound on the Sierra as far south as latitude 36°. Even the polished rock surfaces, the most evanescent of glacial records, are still found in a wonderfully perfect state of preservation on the upper half of the middle portion of the range, and form the most striking of all the glacial phenomena.

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