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Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic

Cassandra A. Good


Elite men and women in America over two hundred years ago formed loving, politically significant friendships. Abigail Adams called her friend Thomas Jefferson “one of the choice ones on earth,” while George Washington signed a letter to his friend Elizabeth Powel with the words “I am always Yours.” The emotionally rich language of this period is often mistaken for romance, but this book’s innovative analysis of letters, diaries, poetry, and novels in the past reveals that friendships between men and women were quite common. At a time when personal relationships were deeply political, these fri ... More

Keywords: gender, friendship, early republic, founding fathers, emotion, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199376179
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376179.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cassandra A. Good, author
Papers of James Monroe