1 Jun 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. Revolutionary Mothers Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence Written by Carol Berkin Revolutionary Mothers Category: History – United States. Carol Berkin. Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, xviii + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN.

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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 revoltionary in 19th century American history.

I would have appreciated more depth to some sections, but perhaps the material was too scarce for this to be possible. Would you like to report this content as inappropriate? In my opinion, the thrust of this book omthers not to encompass every detail, or mothrs would be a huge relic, but to show the often overlooked impact of women in a specific era of history.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. African American refugees in Canada faced concerted racism from white Loyalist refugees and from British officials.

Memory and the American Revolution. 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.


Revolutionary Mothers

I covers women’s contributions leading up to and throughout the American revolution. Do you really know what is constitutional? American Historical Association revolktionary Sign in via society site. Dec 25, Wisteria Motherd rated it it was amazing Shelves: I enjoy personal stories of the Revolutionary War. Others took part in boycotts, raising funds and producing supplies for the armies. Also by Carol Berkin. But common soldiers often recorded a grudging respect for camp followers who carool courage and fortitude, who could hold their liquor, keep up with the men on a long march, or remain cool under fire.

Other women followed the Continental forces into war, sharing the privations of life on active campaign. Because of this, I did a dissertation on a male Loyalist. She lives in New York City. Because men were away it was the women who took care of the farms and businesses and bore the brunt of atrocities.

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

The life of a female Loyalist in Colonial society was very different from that of a Rebel. As war breaks out, the lives of women change. Ultimately, she was able to take her family home to Germany.

In fact, the chapter on African-American women is almost entirely context, but then, slave women in the s weren’t keeping diaries or writing letters. I learned quite a bit about the lives of native women and loyalists, as well as those who followed the army. 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. American colonists were notorious land-grabbers, always pushing the line of settlement westward.


It is a well-written and strongly-referenced book that tells the story of women in the American Revolution—all women—Loyalist or Patriot, rich or poor, Native American or White or African-American. Sources are included that illustrate the lives varol viewpoints of women who lived in New England, the middle colonies, and the southern revolutionsry which serves to address the various viewpoints and lifestyles of colonists throughout the entire thirteen colonies and not just in one region.

Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for American Independence

Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence. How did the Revolution change the worldview of the women who experienced it? We see women boycotting British Though women proved themselves the equal of men, after the war the patriarchal teachings maintained the gender differentiation.

Dec 18, Pages Buy. Using Filmer and Locke, she explores the concept of citizen in colonial society. Women were subject to being killed or raped due to the political views they and their families held. Chapter Eight examines the plight of African-American women.