Teach Your Class about Abigail Adams and the women who influenced history in the colonial period (Song $1.29)
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Women were a vital part of early American colonial history, and one of the most "revolutionary" of the period was Abigail Adams (1744-1818). Abigail was the wife of John Adams, the first Vice President, and second President, of the United States, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States.
Adams' life is one of the most documented of the first ladies: she is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Continental Congresses. Because Abigail and John spent so much time apart, they maintained their courtship and then their marriage through correspondence.
During the Revolutionary War Abigail Adams' letters helped John Adams visualize the conditions at home and understand the political views of the colonists. As a matter of fact, he referred to her as his "home front reporter." In her letters to John, Abigail discusses issues confronting Congress, the importance of educating women, and what form of government might be established. In one, while he was in Philadelphia with Congress, she urges him to "Remember the Ladies…we will not hold ourselves bound by any laws by which we have no voice or Representation."
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The HISTORY HAPPENS Collection teaches American history using music video in a project-based environment that teaches across the curriculum, incorporates digital media and fine arts and aligns with Common Core Standards.
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Writer/performer Mindy Jostyn and her husband Jacob Brackman started with research compiled by History Happens' Mary Rouse and created the lyrics and music for “Remember the Ladies,” based on the original writings of Abigail Adams.
The bass and drum tracks were created in New York by Tony Coniff then were sent to Mindy on Martha's Vineyard where she was rehearsing with the Carly Simon band. The song was recorded, mixed and mastered on Martha's Vineyard by Jim Parr.
Mindy Jostyn began playing piano at two, playing the tunes she heard from the neighborhood ice cream truck. As a child she lived on both coasts; San Jose, California then Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Her wise mother encouraged but never pushed her gift. At eleven, Mindy formed her first band, the Tigers. In addition to piano she now plays accordion, violin, guitar and harmonica.
Mindy’s album and tour credits include John Mellencamp, Cyndi Lauper, John Bon Jovi, Pat Benetar and Carly Simon.
Sadly, this much-loved and highly regarded singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist passed on in March 2005. For nearly ten years, she toured throughout the eastern United States wowing audiences with her soulful voice, distinctive melodies, witty and insightful lyrics, and her command of a host of different instruments including guitar, violin, harmonica, accordion, and piano. She headlined at legendary folk clubs such as the Bitter End in New York City, Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and the Ironhorse in North Hampton, MA, and she performed at the Falcon Ridge, Winnipeg, and Long Island folk festivals. Other music by Mindy Jostyn can be found on her CDs Five Miles from Hope and Cedar Lane.