"Remember the Ladies"

Abigail Adams writes to her husband, John Adams.


In the book Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, Laurie chose a primary source which was a letter from Abigail Adams to her husband John Adams because in Chains, Sal is struggling because she is being owned and ruled by a man and women and in the letter written by Abigail, Abigail states women need to given generosity. For example, in the book Chains the text said, “The broom came down on my back, once, twice, but it didn’t matter.” This quote demonstrated how Sal is being beaten when she is trying to protect her sister which is the total opposite of generosity. Another example is in the letter, Abigail wrote, “I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.” This quote showed how Abigail believes that women are treated unfairly and wrongly. That women need to given generosity. This picture represents Abigail's point. The picture demonstrates how women are defiantly not shown generosity. That women are just overruled and not given fair rights. So what this means is that Laurie chose the source written by Abigail Adams to show how women are mistreated, especially slaves, and need to be treated more fairly and the picture also shows how women are considered favorable because they are being beaten. How men tend to overrule and how men can’t forget how important women are.

Summary of Abigail Adam's letter:

In the letter written March of 1776 by Abigail Adams to her husband John Adams, Abigail exclaims her viewpoint on men and how it’s in their nature to by tyrannical. She states how women are often looked down on and forgotten. How instead, men-including her husband- should be more favorable and generous towards all the ladies.

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