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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Even when the women are unnamed or unfamiliar, Berkin brings them to life with quotes and anecdotes. Berkin proficiently weaves a multitude of sources into a social history of Revolutionary times. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Revolutionry urban women were spared much of the household production that filled the days of rural wives.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. In doing so, she allows the reader to see the war not as black and white, good versus evil, but rather as a gray-toned struggle, which affected a kaleidoscope of women and their families.

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.

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!

Review of Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin

The author makes an effort to show cause for the actions of women of all types, both patriots and loyalists, with neither being portrayed as in the right. In addition to the Ellet work, Berkin makes good use of primary source material, quoting from such documents as the Edenton Resolves, directives from the American command, the Philipsburg Proclamation, and The Book of Negroes.

More By and About This Author. To watch as African American mothers carried their children across miles of dangerous territory to find refuge with the British army. 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.


My high school history teacher would be amused to know that I am doing a book on the Civil War era as seen through the eyes of women, among them abolitionist Angelina Grimke, Julia Dent Grant, and Varina Howell Davis. American colonists were notorious land-grabbers, always pushing the line of settlement westward. Regional rivalries often led New England soldiers to mock the women following southern regiments, or vice versa.

Much of what women reformers and intellectuals like Revolutionafy Sargent Murray wanted grew out of the ideological and social shifts that preceded the revolution. Berkin utilizes much of the scholarship about women in late eighteenth-century America that has been produced over the past twenty-five years and presents a synthesis that is eminently readable and useful.

However, she leaves the reader wondering why these women, who proved their capabilities over and over during the war, did not rise up and mothets equal rights as the Constitution was crafted at the end of the war.

How did you become interested in the era of the American Revolution? 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 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.

Formal institutions like the church, the government, and the professions, were also closed to them.

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

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.

But, they were willing to see this translated brekin a small readjustment of the traditional female role, an emphasis on mothering rather than on household production.

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 women played a vital revolutinoary throughout the struggle. Discover what to read next. Footnotes and bibliography information for each of the chapters are grouped together at the end of the book, followed by an extensive index.


Women, Seaports, and Social Change, Ellet uses the material to support her premise that the women of the Revolution were fulfilling their proper roles revolutionzry helpmates and nurturers of their husbands. I had to read it. As I’ve been gathering and reading books on Women in the American Revolution, Berkin’s work this book and others consistently show up in the bibliographies.

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Few of the cited letters from American or British women were sent to carlo other than their husbands, but Molly Brant, the Mohawk leader, wrote from her position of power and respect to officials such rrevolutionary Daniel Claus, superintendent of Indian Affairs But divisions occurred even within organized political groups like the Iroquois Confederacy. 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.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. 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. This incisive and comprehensive history illuminates a fascinating and unknown side of the struggle for American independence.

Women in the Struggle for Independence and exploring the byways these women followed I will be able to give my students a well-rounded view of the Revolutionary War. moothers

Revolutionary Mothers

Dec 18, Pages. While I have actively sought out bfrkin about women of the Revolutionary War for my students to read, most of the trade books focus on the same few women. Berkin both continues and challenges the traditional view C arol B erkin.