Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic. By Cassandra A. Good, former Mount Vernon Library Fellow. ISBN 978-0-19-937617-9. Copyright 2015. Hardcover with 289 pages including notes, bibliography, and index.
Are friendships between men and women possible? This question was debated in colonial America when men and women formed loving, politically significant friendships that were crucial to the individuals' lives as well as to the formation of a new national political system. 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."
While their emotionally rich language is often mistaken for romance, the friendships between men and women embodied the new nation's republican values of choice, freedom, equality, and virtue.
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