Nation: New Victory in an Old Crusade

THE American woman's fight for equality under the law began even as the Continental Congress was hammering the nation into shape. "My dear John," Abigail Adams wrote to her influential husband: "In the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would Remember the Ladies. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention are not paid to the Ladies, we are determined to foment a Rebellion." "Depend upon it," John Adams replied with kindly condescension, "We know better...

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