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Young American Women Enter the World

Young American Women Enter the World

Chapter:
(p.142) Chapter 5 Young American Women Enter the World
Source:
Abigail and John Adams
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the period when young women in British America began to enjoy heterosocial mingling beyond the domestic circle. Their actions provoked similar reactions as those in Britain, and not without ambivalence. The chapter describes how John and Abigail Adams and their kin viewed and reacted to these circumstances, and also considers public pleasures for American women and the Adams family's thoughts about public heterosociality.

Keywords:   young women, British America, heterosocial mingling, John Adams, Abigail Adams, public pleasures, public heterosociality

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