The Sexes: Remember the Ladies

In listing the causes that impelled the Colonies to declare independence last week, the Continental Congress charged King George III with inciting "domestic insurrections amongst us." It meant Britain's encouragement of Indian attacks upon colonists, but Massachusetts Delegate John Adams says that "another tribe more numerous and powerful than all the rest were grown discontented." The warning in fact came from his spirited wife Abigail, who recently surprised her husband by addressing him in terms less than dutiful: "In the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!