One trait Abigail Adams had that relates to Republican motherhood was being literate. Although she did not receive any formal education as a child, Adams learned how to read and write. Adam’s father Reverend William Smith had, “an extensive library, a combination that allowed his daughter Abigail to cut her wisdom teeth on William Shakespeare, Joseph Addison, Joh...
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...he property. These Republican mothers were revolutionary because for the first time, they allowed play a significant political role, though they were forced to play it in the home and within their private spheres. It would be evident in history that Republican motherhood would ultimately pave a way for a greater role for women in the public sphere. Elizabeth Cady Stanton said to the New York Legislature in 1814, “In republican America… we, the daughters of the revolutionary heroes of ’76 demand at your hands the redress of our grievances—a revision of your State constitution—a new code of laws” (Kerber 277-278). It is due to the fact that women were given a greater societal role that empowered them to fight for their rights. Without these revolutionary mothers, America would still be a patriarchal society and women would still be considered the same status as slaves.
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