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The Adams Papers: Series II, Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 11: July 1795-February 1797 ed. by Margaret A. Hogan et al. (review)

The Adams Papers: Series II, Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 11: July 1795-February 1797 ed.... REVIEWS The Adams Papers: Series II, Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 11: July 1795­February 1797. Edited by Margaret A. Hogan, C. James Taylor, Sara Martin, Neal E. Millikan, Hobson Woodward, Sara B. Sikes, and Gregg L. Lint. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013. Pp. lxiii, 669. Cloth, $95.00.) Reviewed by R. B. Bernstein One of the perks of historical study is getting paid to read other people's mail. Especially in the era of the early republic, many of our research subjects used letters for a myriad of purposes--including but not limited to self-justifying, explaining, reporting, investigating, debating, wooing, complaining, celebrating, venting, keeping a family together, and exchanging gossip. All of these uses of letter-writing are on enlightening and entertaining display in the eleventh volume of the Adams Family Correspondence. Reviewers of previous installments of the Adams Papers, now nearing its sixth decade, have rightly extolled it as one of the most remarkable documentary-editing projects comprising what historian William W. Freehling called the ``documentary-editing revolution.'' From this beginning of this vast project (the raw material for which fills 508 reels of microfilm), its editors recognized the need to divide it into concurrently published series, to ensure continuing productivity for the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

The Adams Papers: Series II, Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 11: July 1795-February 1797 ed. by Margaret A. Hogan et al. (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 34 (3) – Aug 12, 2014

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REVIEWS The Adams Papers: Series II, Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 11: July 1795­February 1797. Edited by Margaret A. Hogan, C. James Taylor, Sara Martin, Neal E. Millikan, Hobson Woodward, Sara B. Sikes, and Gregg L. Lint. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013. Pp. lxiii, 669. Cloth, $95.00.) Reviewed by R. B. Bernstein One of the perks of historical study is getting paid to read other people's mail. Especially in the era of the early republic, many of our research subjects used letters for a myriad of purposes--including but not limited to self-justifying, explaining, reporting, investigating, debating, wooing, complaining, celebrating, venting, keeping a family together, and exchanging gossip. All of these uses of letter-writing are on enlightening and entertaining display in the eleventh volume of the Adams Family Correspondence. Reviewers of previous installments of the Adams Papers, now nearing its sixth decade, have rightly extolled it as one of the most remarkable documentary-editing projects comprising what historian William W. Freehling called the ``documentary-editing revolution.'' From this beginning of this vast project (the raw material for which fills 508 reels of microfilm), its editors recognized the need to divide it into concurrently published series, to ensure continuing productivity for the

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Published: Aug 12, 2014

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