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This week’s podcast is part three in the series on the life of Abigail Adams and features thoughts on the relationship she shared with her husband, John. “While John traveled, Abigail remained at home teaching the children and also running the family farm and business. He would often write to her, encouraging her in what she was passing along to their children: “John has genius and so has Charles,” he wrote to Abigail. “Take care that they don’t go astray. Cultivate their minds inspire their little hearts, raise their wishes, fix their attention upon great and glorious objects, root out every little thing, weed out every meanness, make them great and manly. Teach them to scorn injustice, ingratitude, cowardice, and falsehood. Let them revere nothing but religion, morality, and liberty.” Listen here for this week’s podcast entitled Abigail Adams, Homeschool Mom, Part Three.

The following are suggested for reading or viewing:

My Dearest Friend, Letters of Abigail and John Adams by Margaret Hogan
Abigail Adams by Phyllis Levin
John Adams by David McCullough
Abigail Adams First Lady of Faith and Courage by Evelyn Witter, from The Sowers series

John Adams HBO Miniseries on DVD
John and Abigail Adams: Love and Liberty DVD



  Savannah wrote @

My husband is an American History teacher and we both really enjoyed the HBO miniseries last summer. I have read the Margaret Hogan book and the David McCullough book, too. Abigail Adams was an extremely impressive, intelligent woman. She was also very interested in the rights of women, as is evidenced in her letters to her husband. I am mindful, too, that she had to bear the loss of a son to alcoholism and the pain of watching her dear daughter endure a bad marriage. Just as now, there was apparently no “no-fail formula” for churning out children who don’t have problems.

The thing I appreciate about both Abigail and John Adams is the deep and abiding love and respect they had for each other. It endured years of the absence of the other, and she was essentially a single parent and sole decision maker during much of their children’s formative years.

On another note, I guess I really don’t understand her being co-opted by patriocentrists. If they know much about her, they will find that she did not agree with their views.

  thatmom wrote @

Savannah, the patriocentrists loathe and detest Abigail Adams. But I LOVE her and think she is an amazing role model.

I also agree that her relationship with her husband was such a good one. She was the perfect helpmeet for him and he was the perfect husband for her. I cried through the entire last disc in the HBO film, btw. It was wonderful.

  SisterTipster wrote @

I absolutely adore Abigail Adams and her husband, John. They were both true Christians, patriots and statesmen! I have read the McCullough book~awesome read~even read exerts to my children when studying this amazing family. Thanks for bringing her life to us!

  thatmom wrote @

Hi SisterTipster (great name!) and welcome to my blog. I am so glad that you enjoyed the Abigail Adams podcasts. I have been so humbled and blessed by reading her story and am currently reading the Adams book by McCullough, who is one of my new favorite people in the world! He and I operate on the same premise, that history is awesome when you realize that you are reading and learning about REAL people! I am currently working on a podcast series with a WW2 veteran that I think will be really good…another real person who has lessons for us to learn!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Abigail!

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