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Author Berkin, Carol
Title Revolutionary mothers : women in the struggle for America's independence / Carol Berkin
Imprint New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2005
book jacket
 Euro-Am 3F Western Mat.  973.3082 B4553 2005    AVAILABLE    30500101229949
Edition 1st ed
Descript xviii, 194 p. : : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-182) and index
Clio's daughters, lost and found -- "The easy task of obeying" -- "They say it is tea that caused it" -- "You can form no idea of the horrors" -- "Such a sordid set of creatures in human figure" -- "How unhappy is war to domestic happiness" -- "A journey a crosse ye wilderness" -- "The women must hear our words" -- "The day of jubilee is come" -- "It was I wo did it" -- "There is no sex in soul."
The American Revolution was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed, and danger into the life of every American. The author shows that women played a vital role throughout the struggle: we see women boycotting British goods in the years before independence, writing propaganda that radicalized their neighbors, raising funds for the army, and helping finance the fledgling government. We see how they managed farms, plantations, and businesses while their men went into battle, and how they served as nurses and cooks in the army camps; risked their lives carrying intelligence, participating in reconnaissance missions, or seeking personal freedom from slavery; served as spies, saboteurs, and warriors; and lived with the daily knowledge that their husbands could be hanged as traitors if the revolution did not succeed
Subject Women -- United States -- Biography
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