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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This was the world that these 18th century women knew; it was natural and perhaps inevitable to berkkin, just as the gender rules of our society seem natural to most of us. Other editions – View all Revolutionary Mothers: Much of what women reformers and intellectuals like Judith Sargent Murray wanted grew out of the ideological and social shifts that preceded the revolution. During the war, Ward did everything she could to protect colonists who had settled on the frontier, to negotiate peace treaties with southern states who bordered Cherokee territory, and to achieve neutrality among her people when an alliance could not be reached.

Generals’ wives, “admired while the ordinary camp followers were often scorned,” accompanied their husbands in different style; they boosted morale with dinner parties and dancing.

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Women in the Struggle revolutionayr Independence and exploring the byways these women followed I will be able to give my students a well-rounded view of the Revolutionary War. 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 seeking personal freedom from slavery, and served as spies, saboteurs, and warriors.

A valuable and readable book. Officers were genuinely shocked and repelled by what they saw as travesties of female behavior among the women who provided vital services in the camps. But, they were willing to see this translated into a small readjustment of the traditional female role, an emphasis on mothering rather than on household production. While I have actively sought out information about women of the Revolutionary War for my students to read, most of the trade books focus on the same few women.

It was interesting, but I think the author could have done more to bring the women and their stories to life. C arol B erkin. Email alerts New carool alert.


You do not currently have access to this article. The Acrol promised to honor the rights of Native Americans to their lands. The author has sought out articles which document the lives of women, even though it was not the custom of the time to name or discuss women in newspapers, with the exceptions of runaways, brides and merchant advertisers The women of the Revolution–with the notable exception of the female Indian tribal leaders– were mostly tied to the notion that their efforts, while valiant and necessary, were merely in support of the men whose job it was to run the country.

Small all-black settlements—we would call them ghettoes—isolated African Americans, and racism prevented blacks from finding employment in the larger towns. They called for mothers to play a central role in the moral development of their children, to educate and socialize sons as well as simply train daughters to sew or garden or care for infants. Looking for More Great Reads? There are no examples of correspondence between African Americans, although other individuals relate the stories of Mumbeta slave who sued for her freedom in Massachusetts inand poet Motuers Wheatley.

Having grown up in Alabama, I had had my fill of the Civil War—or the War of 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. I will also be inspired to look for the ghosts of these women in the streets of Boston and the surrounding countryside.

We have almost no personal recorded evidence from Indian women or from African Americans. Inventing the American Constitution offers a lively account of women’s various roles in the long, bloody conflict. It furthers motehrs University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The author additionally sheds light on the ambiguity of the War by using letters.

They argued that the patriotic activities of women during the Revolution proved in practice what had once been mere theory: In addition to the Ellet work, Berkin makes good use of primary source material, quoting omthers such documents as the Edenton Resolves, directives from the American command, the Philipsburg Proclamation, and The Book of Negroes.

It gives me hundreds of roads to follow and paths to send my students on as they search for the real people who lived in Revolutionary times.

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.


Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Few of the cited letters from American or British women were sent to men other than their husbands, but Molly Brant, the Mohawk leader, wrote from her position of power and respect to officials such as Daniel Claus, caol of Indian Affairs Within a few years, many African American men and women re-emigrated to Sierra Leone.

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Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence. Account Options Sign in. Berkin both continues and challenges the traditional view The best known of these women was Mary Ludwig Hayes, who was pregnant when she served as a Molly Pitcher.

Dec 18, Pages. Women were proud that they had risen to the occasion, but they did not demand that the gender boundaries be permanently redrawn. More By and About This Author. And the 20th century lacked the mystery and novelty that I bberkin as one of the appeals of studying the past.

A recapturing of the experiences of ordinary women who lived in extraordinary times, and a fascinating addition to our understanding of the birth of our nation. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. 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.

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Using Filmer and Locke, she explores the concept of citizen in colonial society. They must have felt as nervous and as energized as Elizabeth Cady Stanton felt when she called the Seneca Falls convention to order.

Women in the Struggle for Independenceauthored by Carol Berkinpresents a multi-faceted view of the women who affected, and were affected by, the Revolutionary War. These young elite men had embraced a relatively new, highly romantic view of women. My library Help Advanced Book Search. She chooses to show the war through the eyes of patriot and loyalist, rich and poor, American and British, Indian and African American women. She could not sue or carkl sued, keep wages earned, or own or sell property.