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John Adams Explains Why Women Should Not Be Able to Vote (with text supports)

James Sullivan, a state court judge in Massachusetts and colleague of John Adams, was often sympathetic to those who thought women and non-elite men should have a voice in the new nation’s government. Adams disagreed, explaining to Sullivan why women and the poor should be excluded. Some spelling changes and edits have been made to improve clarity.


Source | John Adams to James Sullivan, 26 May 1776; from Charles Francis Adams, ed., The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1854).
Creator | John Adams
Item Type | Diary/Letter
Cite This document | John Adams, “John Adams Explains Why Women Should Not Be Able to Vote (with text supports),” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed August 20, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1702.

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