Abigail and John LP: Portrait of a Marriage by Edith Gelles

By Edith Gelles

“Fascinating...Gelles has supplied a balanced portrait, and her mastery of the period’s concerns and background is clear on each web page. Her remedy of the family... [is] written with knowing and sensitivity... however it is her energy as a feminist historian that makes her therapy of Abigail the main gripping... masterful and captivating.”
Washington Times

“A landmark... Well-organized and expertly composed, the e-book is a magnificent addition to the nation’s written history.”
Oklahoma urban Oklahoman

Readers who loved Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No usual Time, Cokie Roberts’s Founding Mothers, and David McCullough’s John Adams will love “this eminently readable… captivating and delicate, but candid and unflinching joint biography” (Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of the USA, 1815-1848) of America’s unique “power couple”: Abigail and John Adams.

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The Civil War has been given many names: the War Between the States, the War Against Northern Aggression, the Second American Revolution, the Lost Cause, the War of the Rebellion, the Brothers’ War, the Late Unpleasantness. Walt Whitman called it the War of Attempted Secession. Confederate General Joseph Johnston called it the War Against the States. By whatever name, it was unquestionably the most important event in the life of the nation. It saw the end of slavery and the downfall of a southern planter aristocracy.

By 1850, that figure had risen to more than a million tons. By 1860, the last year of peace, one of every seven Americans would belong to another. Four million men, women, and children were slaves. ” Having tied much of the South to slavery, Eli Whitney helped transform the North. He made no money from his cotton gin—the, device was pirated almost before he had finished designing it—but he went on to make a great fortune at his firearms factory outside New Haven, one of the first entrepreneurs to employ the system of interchangeable parts that revolutionized American manufacturing and would one day help make the North’s industrial might irresistible.

Twenty-four scholars, five editors, four researchers, innumerable librarians and archivists, and two helicopter pilots were among the scores of people who helped us prepare the series. It represents, we believe, the most comprehensive treatment of the Civil War ever committed to film. To us, as historical-film makers, it was the most challenging, arduous, compelling, and mysterious task imaginable, and as with all such tasks, it was enormously transforming. The historical documentarian’s vocation, whether in a film series or a book of this kind, is not precisely the same as the historian’s, although it shares many of the aims and much of the spirit of the latter.

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