Learning a lot of history now that I’m situated in the bread basket of the Civil War. Found this yesterday in a May 7, 1776 letter from Abigail Adams to her hubby.
He had shown her a draft copy of The Declaration of Independence and her response throws some shade:
“I can not say that I think you very generous to the Ladies, for whilst you are proclaiming peace and good will to Men, Emancipating all Nations, you insist upon retaining an absolute power over Wives. But you must remember that Arbitary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken — and notwithstanding all your wise Laws and Maxims we have it in our power not only to free ourselves but to subdue our Masters, and without violence throw both your natural and legal authority at our feet.”