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  • Abigail Adams is the leading character and her feminism and partnership with John Adams was vividly captured by actress Virginia Vestoff in both the popular stage musical play and film, 1776.

  • Abigail Adams is portrayed by Kathryn Walker and Leora Dana in the public television series, The Adams Chronicles (1975), produced by WGBH in Boston.

  • In 1985, Abigail Adams appeared on a United States postage stamp.

Other Written Works


  • * Oliver, Andrew.  Portraits of John and Abigail Adams.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, The Belknap Press, 1967.


  • Brown, Elizabeth Schirmer.  The Compleat Woman:  A Historiographical Exploration of the Life of Abigail Adams.”  B.A. Honors Paper.  State University of New York at  Geneseo, 1969.


  • Butterfield, Lyman H.  “Abigail Adams.”  Notable American Women 1607-1950:  A Biographical Directory.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 1971.


  • Gibson, William.  American Primitive:  The Words of John and Abigail Adams Put Into a Sequence for the Theater, with Addenda in Rhyme.   New York:  Atheneum, 1972.


  • Keller, Rosemary Skinner.  “Abigail Adams and the American Revolution: A Personal History.”  Ph.D. Dissertation.  University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, 1977.


  • Gelles, Edith Belle.  “Abigail Adams: Domesticity and the American Revolution.”
    Ph.D. Dissertation.  University of California, Irvine, 1978.


  • Lawrence, Kathleen Ann.  “The Domestic Idiom: The Rhetorical Appeals of Four Influential Women in Nineteenth Century America.”  Ph.D. Dissertation.  Indiana University, 1989.


  • Godfrey, Laurie Elizabeth.  Abigail Adams in 1776:  A Study of Character, Period, and Style.”  M.A. Thesis.  Regent University, 1992. 

  • Johnson, Pamela.  The Correspondence of Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson.”   M.A. Thesis.  Sonoma State University, 1992. 

  • McDonald, Sarajane Watkins.  “Abigail Adams, 1744-1784:  A Woman in Her Own Right.”  M.A. Thesis.  East Stroudsburg University, 1992.


  • Schloesser, Pauline E.  “A Feminist Interpretation of the American Founding.” 
    Ph.D. Dissertation.    Indiana University, 1994.


  • Barrett, Robert.  Revolutionary Diplomats:  An Historical-Literary Essay on the Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson and John and Abigail Adams, 1785-1788.”
    M.A. Thesis.  Boise State University, 2000. 

  • Cibbarelli, William R.  “Libraries of the Mind: A Study of the Reading Histories of Mercy Warren, Abigail Adams, and Judith Sargent Murray (1728-1820).”  Ph.D. Dissertation.  State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2000.


  • * Parsons, Lynn Hudson.   “Abigail Smith Adams,” in  American First Ladies:  Their Lives and Their Legacy,  Lewis L. Gould, ed.   2nd ed.   New York:  Routledge, 2001.  

  • Schneider, Dorothy, and Carl J. Schneider.  First Ladies: A Biographical Dictionary.  New York: Checkmark Books, 2001.

  • Watson, Robert P.  First Ladies of the United States: A Biographical Dictionary.  Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2001.


  • Watson, Robert P., ed.  America’s First Ladies.  Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2002.

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