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Abigail Adams: The Feminist Myth

School: Phillips Academy

City/State: Andover, MA

Grade(s): 11

Format(s): Report: History

Subject(s): Social Studies

Type(s): Argument/Opinion

Writing Assignment Description: 

Jennifer Shingleton, while a student at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts wrote this paper on Abigail Adams for a history class during the 1997/1998 academic year. In her paper, Shingleton presents a bold revisionist thesis questioning whether Abigail Adams was really a feminist or was being taken out of 18th-century context by contemporary feminist historians.

The author was the recipient of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize from The Concord Review in 2000.

Since 1987, The Concord Review, a unique quarterly academic journal at the secondary level, has published over 100 issues with over 1,000 exemplary high school history research papers by students from 44 states and 40 other countries. The Ralph Waldo Emerson Prizes have been awarded to over one hundred students who have shown outstanding academic promise in history at the high school level since 1995. The website of The Concord Review can be seenĀ here.

According to The Concord Review, the author of this paper graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

How This Writing Can Be Useful: 

  • Excellent example of scholarly research
  • Citations are not limited to a few sources, but show use of many sources
  • Excellent example of rich and descriptive writing that propels the reader forward
  • Inspires writers by presenting a unique view with full support of her thesis

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