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Abigail Adams: Inside the Early Republic

More than just a wife (of second president John Adams) and mother (of sixth president John Quincy Adams), Abigail Adams was a true partner to her husband and a committed patriot. Feisty and outspoken, she immersed herself in the politics of her day even while she ran the family`s farm. In this first-person program, Adams recounts her life, including her famous call to John to `remember the Ladies` in the founding of the new nation. She shares her gossipy opinions of the founding fathers, displays her lively wit and offers a glimpse at one of the great love stories of all times.

Leslie Goddard is currently an independent scholar and educator at the Elmhurst Historical Museum. She earned her PhD from Northwestern University in an interdisciplinary field of study that covered US history, women's studies, and theater. An award winning scholar, Goddard also has extensive experience in public programs which includes lectures at Chicago area museums and historical societies, civic organizations, schools, and retirement homes.


Recorded Monday, February 11, 2008 at The Nineteenth Century Club.

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