Analysis Of Abigail And John Adams Debate Women's Rights

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The article, “Abigail and John Adams Debate Women’s Rights, 1776,” consists of a letter that Abigail Adams writes to her husband and her husband’s response to her letter. In Abigail Adams’ letter, she writes about the many events that happened in town while her husband was away and how the American Revolution left behind many influences on the people. She writes about how some people commit “abominable ravages” in town and how not everybody thinks of liberty the same way. She states with the hypocrisy that thanks to the American Revolution and the thoughts of independence, the town is at peace with children, slaves, and natives disobeying and believing that they are free to do whatever they want.
Abigail Adams’ letter also states a lot about women’s rights. She argues in her letter that men are tyrants to women and usually don’t treat women as equals to themselves. She makes the statement that men see women as vassals and refuse to give up their sense of superiority. She makes the request, “in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.” Her lines of “remember the ladies” express her feelings that men seem to forget that women are of the same
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Judith Sargent Murray argues that nature gave men and women equally the ability to understand and think but did not provide women with the same chances of a “cultivated mind” as men. The statement, “she feels the want of a cultivated mind,” expresses Judith Sargent Murray’s thoughts of many women not being able to receive the same education that men can and not being allowed to express their thoughts the way men do, wanting those rights that men

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