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  • “Home of Abigail Adams May Be Moved to Quincy.”   New York Times.  25 August 1946.  Birthplace of Abigail Adams in Weymouth, MA, might be moved to make way for public housing.


  • Adams, D. K.  The Adams Papers.  American Quarterly.  14.4.  1962.


  • Stein, Nathaniel E.  “The Second First Lady.”  Manuscripts.  15.4.  1963.  Reprints a 1796 letter written by Abigail Adams to Elbridge Gerry in which she discusses the presidential elections and Alexander Hamilton.


  • Jensen, Amy LaFollette.  “The President’s Lady.”  American Heritage.  15.5.  1964.  Portraits of first ladies from Abigail Adams to Eleanor Roosevelt.


  • Mayo, Lida.  “Miss Adams in Love.”  American Heritage.  16.2.  1965.  Article about Abigail Adams’s daughter, Abigail.


  • Coit, Margaret.  “Dearest Friends.”  American Heritage.  19.6.  1968.


  • Musto, David.  “The Youth of John Quincy Adams.”  Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society.   August 1969.


  • Shaffer, Ellen.  “Glimpses of Five First Ladies.”  Manuscripts.  22.2.  1970.  Analysis of one letter each by Abigail Adams, Jane Pierce, Florence Harding, Grace Goodhue Coolidge, and Eleanor Roosevelt.


  • Pulley, Judith.  “The Bittersweet Friendship of Thomas Jefferson and Abigail Adams.”  Essex Institute Historical Collections.  108.3.  1972.


  • Stoeckel, Althea L., and Joan L. Kratzer.  “Two Women of the American Revolution: Mercy Otis Warren and Abigail Smith Adams.”  Indiana Social Studies Quarterly.  27.3.  1974.


  • Morison, Samuel Eliot.  “Three Great Ladies Helped Establish the United States.”  6.7.  Smithsonian.  1975.


  • Gleason, Gene.  “Royall Tyler’s Blighted Romance.”  New-England Galaxy.  18.2  1976.

  • Illick, Joseph E.  “John Quincy Adams: The Maternal Influence.”  Journal of Psychohistory.  4.2.  1976.

  • Sulzberger, C. L.  “Abigail Adams And the Pill.”   New York Times.  31 March 1976.  Article on Abigail Adams and international feminism.

  • Laska, Vera.  “The Many-Splendored Correspondence of Abigail and John Adams.”  New England Social Studies Bulletin.  34.1.   1976/1977.


  • Daniels, Doris Groshen.  “Colonial Jewry: Religion, Domestic and Social Relations.”  American Jewish Historical Quarterly.  61.3.  1977.


  • Cole, Adelaide M.  “Abigail Adams: A Vignette.”  Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine.  113.5.  1979.

  • Corbett, Katharine T.  “Louisa Catherine Adams:  The Anguished “Adventures of a Nobody.”  Kelley, Mary, ed.  Woman’s Being, Woman's Place: Female Identity and Vocation in American History.  Boston: G. K. Hall, 1979.

  • Gelles, Edith B.  “Abigail Adams: Domesticity and the American Revolution.”  New England Quarterly.  52.4.  1979.

  • Weales, Gerald.  “The Quality of Mercy, or Mrs. Warren’s Profession.”  Georgia Review.  33.4.  1979.

  • Funke, Lewis.  “The Year Of the Adamses; News of the Rialto.”  New York Times.  20 April 1969.  Review of new play, “John and Abigail,” by William Gibson.


  • Musto, David F.  “Continuity Across Generations:  The Adams Family Myth.”  Albin, Mel, ed.  New Directions in Psychohistory: The Adelphi Papers in Honor of Erik H. Erikson,  Lexington, MA: D. C. Heath, 1980.


  • Musto, David.  “The Adams Family.”  Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings.  93.  1981.

  • Palmer, Beverly Wilson.  “Abigail Adams and the Apple of Europe.”  New England Historical and Genealogical Register.  135.  April 1981.


  • Pickens, Donald.  “Antebellum Feminism and the Domestication of the American Revolution.”  Continuity.  8.  1984.


  • Reif, Rita.  “Mementoes of Women.”  New York Times.  22 March 1985.  Article on the auction of autographs and other papers of prominent women.


  • Gelles, Edith B.  “A Virtuous Affair: The Correspondence Between Abigail Adams and James Lovell.”  American Quarterly.  39.2.  1987.

  • Nagel, Paul C.  “The Adamses at Home.”  Americana.  15.4.  1987.

  • Cructchfield, Will.  “Opera:  ‘Abigail Adams.’”  New York Times. 25 March 1987.  Opera by Judge Richard Owen reviewed.


  • Ryerson, Richard Alan.  “The Limits of a Vicarious Life: Abigail Adams and her Daughter.”  Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings.  100.  1988.

  • Sauter-Bailliet, Theresia.  “‘Remember the Ladies’:  Emancipation Efforts of American Women from Independence to Seneca Falls.”  European Contributions to American Studies.  14.  1988.

  • Gelles, Edith B.  “The Abigail Industry.”  William and Mary Quarterly.  45.4.  1988.


  • Eisenmann, Linda.  “Sisterhood and the Family Claim in Nineteenth-Century America.”   History of Education Quarterly.  29.3.  1989.

  • Gelles, Edith B.  “Gossip: An Eighteenth-Century Case.”  Journal of Social History.  22.4.  1989.


  • Holland, Barbara.  “Being an Adams Was No Fun; Marrying One Was Even Worse.”  Smithsonian.  May 1990.


  • Anthony, Carl Sferrazza.  “Skirting the Issue:  First Ladies and African Americans.”  American Visions.  1992.


  • “The First Lady has a Tough Job.”   Current Events.  11 January 1993.

  • Weisberger, Bernard A.  “Petticoat Government.”  American Heritage.  44.6.  October 1993.


  • Hay, Carla H.  “Catherine Macaulay and the American Revolution.”  Historian.  56.2.  1994.

  • Gelles, Edith B.  “Letter Writing as Coping Strategy: The Case of Abigail Adams.”  Psychohistory Review.  22.2.  1994.

  • Norton, Bettina A.  “The Brothers Blyth: Salem in its Heyday.”  Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife.  19.  1994.


  • “Abigail Adams Sculpture in Progress.”  Sculpture Review.  1995.

  • Scobie, Ingrid Winther.  “American First Ladies and the Question of Identity.”  Journal of Women’s History.  7.4.  Winter 1995.


  • Gelles, Edith B.  “The Bonds of Friendship: The Correspondence of Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Waren.”  Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings.  108.  1996.

  • Kavita, Varma.  “Adams Family Values, 19th Century Style.”  USA Today.  14 February 1996.

  • Goetz, Jill.  “Human Ecology Students to Transcribe and Annotate Letters of Abigail and John Adams.”  Human Ecology Forum.  Spring 1996.  Profiles student project at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

  • “Going Their Own Way.”  The CQ Researcher.  14 June 1996.


  • Crane, Elaine Forman.  “Political Dialogue and the Spring of Abigail’s Discontent.”  William and Mary Quarterly.  56.4.  1999.


  • Ellis, Joseph J.  “Jefferson:  Post-DNA.”  William and Mary Quarterly.  57.1.  2000.

  • Rohrs, Kirsten.  “The Birthplace of Abigail Adams.”  Classic American Homes.  August/September 2000.

  • Weinberger, Jill Knight.  “Cradle of a Political Dynasty.”  New York Times.  15 October 2000.

  • Cadden, Mary.  “Christmases Past Given Vivid Life.”  USA Today.  1 December 2000.


  • Winner, Viola Hopkins.  “Abigail Adams and ‘the Rage of Fashion.’”  Dress.  28.  2001.
    Gay, Wayne Lee.  “Barbara Bush and Abigail Adams are a Sorority of Two.”  Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  18 January 2001.

  • Cawley, Janet.  “Unforgettable First Ladies.”  Biography.  February 2001.

  • Dowd, Maureen.  “The First Farmeress.”  New York Times.  17 June 2001.


  • Kachelhofer, Bradford.  “Wellness:  The Lost Art of Letter Writing.”  Southern Living.  January 2002.


  • Shister, Gail.  “Revolutionary Women Were Political to their Core, Roberts Says.”  Philadelphia Inquirer.  24 May 2004.  Interview with Cokie Roberts about her new book, Founding Mothers:  The Women Who Raised our Nation.  Interview emphasizes the political strengths and power of the earliest generation of independent American women.

  • Stein, Lisa, and Marc Silver.  “Cokie’s Patriot Dames.”  U. S. News and World Report.  26 April 2004.  Interview with Cokie Roberts about her new book, Founding Mothers:  The Women Who Raised our Nation.


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