The title of Carol Berkin’s book clearly introduces the important facets of her work. One is the reminder that where and when there were. The American Revolution was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed, and danger into the life of every American, and Carol Berkin shows us that. Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for Independence, authored by Carol Berkin, presents a multi-faceted view of the women who affected, and were .

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A valuable and readable book. Food and supplies in the early months were not doled out equitably, leaving black families to suffer more severely than their white counterparts. How did the Revolution change the worldview of the women who experienced it?

Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence

They must have felt as nervous and as energized as Elizabeth Cady Stanton felt when she called the Seneca Falls convention to order. Although black veterans and their families were promised land, they often did not receive it or were cheated out of arable tracts. Wealthy urban women were spared much of the household production that filled the days of rural wives. More By and About This Author. To be there when the women of Edenton, North Carolina gathered to sign a pledge to boycott British goods—and to publish it in the newspapers!

Still, the answer is not clear. According to their code of gentility, ladies did not appear in public if pregnant, they did not curse, they did not appear in public without a male escort, they were clean and dainty and chaste and modest. I am very excited to learn about so many real women who were strong and intelligent, and who will inspire me to dig harder for more information for my students.

There are no mothees of correspondence between Revvolutionary Americans, although other individuals relate the stories of Mumbeta slave who sued for her freedom in Massachusetts inand poet Phillis Wheatley.


Sometimes, loyalty to a white minister or missionary—as in the case of many Onondagas—led to schisms in the Rfvolutionary. In other cases, women were influential in forging alliances or at least limiting the conflict between American patriots and local tribes.

The huge number of references, sources, and documents makes the book rich and lively. Fighting together for independence did not erase the class boundaries that separated genteel society from their social inferiors. Moving far beyond the stories of familiar patriot women, Berkin finds a series of lenses through which to examine the time period. Within a few years, many African American men and women re-emigrated to Sierra Leone.

These young elite men had embraced a relatively new, highly romantic view of women. African American refugees in Canada faced concerted racism from white Loyalist refugees and from British officials.

One is the reminder that where and when there were Founding Fathers there were also Founding Mothers.

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More about Carol Berkin. It is clear that Berkin admires the women about whom she writes, for qualities such as physical strength, courage, mental toughness, intelligence, and resourcefulness. Very few of the women written about in trade books were loyalist women, and I believe it is important for children to hear the voice of these women, too.

Readers of all descriptions will enjoy revolutionay learn from it. I realized that I wanted her to be able to look into the mirror of the past and see her own reflection, and I have been researching and writing to insure this ever since.

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There cafol several riots against blacks who were accused of taking jobs away from white refugees. But divisions occurred even within organized political groups like the Iroquois Confederacy.

These letters show that some women were so distressed by their poverty and difficult times while their patriot husbands were fighting that they begged their husbands to come home. Unfortunately, motners of the newspaper quotations, such as those from the Pennsylvania Evening Post and the New York Journal deal with the cruel treatment of women by soldiers.


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Women, Seaports, and Social Change, Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? The heat of a recently fired cannon was too intense for a soldier to reload; pouring water over the cannon helped speed up the cooling process and ready the cannon for use. My high school history teacher would be amused to know that I am doing a book on the Civil War era as seen through motheds eyes of women, among them abolitionist Berkjn Grimke, Julia Dent Grant, and Varina Howell Davis.

But the colonial era and its caril climax in the Revolution attracted me immediately. Mayer; C arol B erkin. The author includes writing by female patriots such as Mercy Otis Warren and poet Hannah Griffitsbut she notes that their writing, though popular, was published anonymously.

They were ladies rather than simply women. Here, too, are Abigail Adams, Deborah Franklin, Lucy Knox, and Martha Washington, who lived mithers the daily knowledge that their husbands would be hanged as traitors if the revolution did not succeed. Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence.

Revolutionary Mothers

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. All this, of course, with a baby in her arms, toddlers to keep out of the hearthfire and the woods, and older children to supervise.

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