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A View from Abroad : The Story of John and Abigail Adams in Europe / Jeanne E. Abrams.

Author/Creator:
Abrams, Jeanne E., author., Author,
Publication:
New York, NY : New York University Press, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource : 11 b/w illustrations
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Ambassadors -- United States -- Biography.
Diplomats' spouses -- United States -- Biography.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Reveals how the European travels of John and Abigail Adams helped define what it meant to be an AmericanFrom 1778 to 1788, the Founding Father and later President John Adams lived in Europe as a diplomat. Joined by his wife, Abigail, in 1784, the two shared rich encounters with famous heads of the European royal courts, including the ill-fated King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette, and the staid British Monarchs King George III and Queen Charlotte. In this engaging narrative, A View from Abroad takes us on the first full exploration of the Adams's lives abroad. Jeanne E. Abrams reveals how the journeys of John and Abigail Adams not only changed the course of their intellectual, political, and cultural development-transforming the couple from provincials to sophisticated world travelers-but most importantly served to strengthen their loyalty to America.Abrams shines a new light on how the Adamses and their American contemporaries set about supplanting their British origins with a new American identity. They and their fellow Americans grappled with how to reorder their society as the new nation took its place in the international transatlantic world. After just a short time abroad, Abigail maintained that, "My Heart and Soul is more American than ever. We are a family by ourselves." The Adamses' quest to define what it means to be an American, and the answers they discovered in their time abroad, still resonate with us to this day.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Introduction An American Journey
John Adams An American in Paris
Second Journey to Europe
Abigail in France From the New World to the Old
Abigail and John in London American Yankees in King George's Court
The Final Years Abroad John and Abigail Return to America
Conclusion John and Abigail in a New America
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 21. Apr 2021)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781479802883
OCLC:
1243310897
Publisher Number:
10.18574/9781479802883 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.