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First Family - Abigail and John Adams

Joseph J. Ellis

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of Founding Brothers and His Excellency brings America's preeminent first couple to life in a moving and illuminating narrative that sweeps through the American Revolution and the republic's tenuous early years. John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both Adamses were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was clearly the more gifted of the two), and over the years they exchanged more than twelve hundred letters. Joseph J. Ellis distills this unprecedented and unsurpassed record to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story. Ellis describes the first meeting between the two as inauspicious-John was twenty-four, Abigail just fifteen, and each was entirely unimpressed with the other. But they soon began a passionate correspondence that resulted in their marriage five years later. Over the next decades, the couple were separated nearly as much as they were together. John's political career took him first to Philadelphia, where he became the boldest advocate for the measures that would lead to the Declaration of Independence. Yet in order to attend the Second Continental Congress, he left his wife and children in the middle of the war zone that had by then engulfed Massachusetts. Later he was sent to Paris, where he served as a minister to the court of France alongside Benjamin Franklin. These years apart stressed the Adamses' union almost beyond what it could bear: Abigail grew lonely, while the Adams children suffered from their father's absence. John was elected the nation's first vice president, but by the time of his reelection, Abigail's health prevented her from joining him in Philadelphia, the interim capital. She no doubt had further reservations about moving to the swamp on the Potomac when John became president, although this time he persuaded her. President Adams inherited a w

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

11h 34m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:34


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:44


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:21


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:51


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:28


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:47


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:34


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:36


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:23


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:40


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:27


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:14


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:23


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:16


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:07


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:09


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:22


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:07


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:08


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:05


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:38


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:12


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:26


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:18


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:03


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:00


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:58


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:13


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:38


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:08


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:51


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:39


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:17


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:23


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:58


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:21


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:31


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:27


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:21


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:58


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:52


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:43


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:31


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:53


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:59


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:48


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:40


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

00:35