Please discuss the follwoing passage and describe its historical significance (what does it teach us about the past?) and place it in the larger historical context (what larger historical event/movement is it part of ?). As a rough guide, your answer should be somewhere in the 200-300 word range.
Letter of John Adams to Abigail Adams, April 14, 1776
“As to your extraordinary Code of Laws, I cannot but laugh. We have been told that our Struggle has loosened the bands of Government every where. That Children and Apprentices were disobedient – that schools and Colledges were grown turbulent – that Indians sighted their Guardians and Negroes grew insolent to their Masters. But your Letter was the first Intimation that another Tribe more numerous and powerfull than all the rest were grown discontented. This is rather too coarse a Compliment but you are so saucy, I wont blot it out.
Depend upon it, We know better than to repeal our Masculine systems. Altho they are in full Force, you know that they are little more than Theory. We dare not exert our Power in its full Latitude. We obliged to go fair, and softly, and in practive you know We are the subjects. We have only the Name of Masters, and rather than give up this, which would compleatly subject us to the Despotism of the Peticoast, I hope General Washington, and all our brave heroes would fight.”
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