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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Books of the Week. This is a very difficult question to answer. Having grown up in Alabama, I had had my fill of the Civil War—or the War revolitionary Northern Aggression, as my high school history teacher insisted was its proper name—by the time I reached college in New York City, so I resisted specializing in 19th century American history.

Fighting together for independence did not erase the class boundaries that separated genteel society from their social inferiors. I would love to have witnessed the debates over independence in the Continental Congress or been present at Newburgh when General Washington urged his officers to lay down their arms and abandon their plan to make him King.

One is the reminder that where and when there were Founding Fathers there were also Founding Mothers. Related articles in Google Scholar. Imagine a world in which laundry was done on rocks near a stream, cooking was done in a walk-in hearth with heavy iron pots and utensils, clothes were sewn, gardens and orchards tended and fruits and vegetables preserved—and dinner required a woman to be both slaughterer and butcher. Moving far beyond the stories of familiar patriot women, Berkin finds a series of lenses through which to examine the time period.

Even women who thought they were finally free experienced excruciating reverses of fortune: That is, hundreds of camp followers who joined their husbands, boyfriends, or fathers inside the American forts, were charged with carrying pitchers of water to cool down the cannons during an enemy attack.


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Schoolchildren are often taught that all Native Americans supported the British during the Revolution, but this is not the case. Using Filmer and Locke, she explores the concept of citizen in colonial society.

But the colonial era and its dramatic climax in the Rfvolutionary attracted me immediately. Much of what women reformers and intellectuals like Judith Sargent Murray wanted grew out of the revolutionzry and social shifts that preceded the revolution. Citing articles via Google Scholar. But divisions occurred even within organized political groups like the Iroquois Confederacy. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.

Within a few years, many African American men and women re-emigrated to Sierra Leone. Early forms of resistance included boycotting British cloth—and thus dusting off retired spinning wheels—and tea as women used “their purchasing power as a political weapon.

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Revolutionary Mothers

In desperation many black men and women indentured themselves as servants to wealthier white families. Still, the answer is not clear.

Kerber’s Women of the Republic: 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. For example, when the revolution began, the lives of most colonists were still shaped by traditional views that God, Nature, law and custom established distinct destinies, roles and realms for men and women.

She introduces us to sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington, who sped through the night to rouse the militiamen needed to defend Danbury, Connecticut; to Phillis Wheatley, literary prodigy and Boston slave, who voiced the hopes of African Americans in poems; to Margaret Corbin, crippled for life when she took her husband’s place beside a cannon at Fort Monmouth; to the women who gathered firewood, cooked, cleaned for the troops, nursed the wounded, and risked their lives carrying intelligence and participating in reconnaissance missions.

So, when we attempt to answer this question, we have to be honest and say that the worldview we are presenting is that of a privileged minority. Others were freed by the British, but re-enslaved after the war by nefarious slave traders who tricked them out of their certificates of freedom.


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There was no actual woman named Rosie the Riveter; instead she was a composite, a symbolic figure who represented all the women who went to work in airplane factories and shipyards during WWII. The huge number of references, sources, and documents makes the book rich and lively.

Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America and parsed by many historians since then. If not, what generalizations about living conditions can you make that would give your readers a more accurate picture? How would the picture change if we looked at events through a gendered lens? The author includes writing by female patriots such as Mercy Otis Warren and poet Revplutionary Griffitsbut she notes that their writing, though popular, was published anonymously.

Unfortunately, several 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. Wealthy urban women were spared much of the household production that filled the days of rural wives. You could not be signed in. Because of this, I did a dissertation on a male Loyalist.

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

C arol B erkin. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Berkin takes us into the ordinary moments of extraordinary lives. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Account Options Sign in. The American Revolution was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed, and danger into the life of every American.

These sources help the reader understand the motives of women and their reasons for supporting either the British or the Americans.