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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Please try again later. Food and supplies in the early months were not doled out equitably, leaving black families to suffer more severely than their white counterparts.

Dec 18, Pages Buy. 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 revolutkonary a woman to be both slaughterer and butcher.

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

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Account Options Sign in. 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 Who were the real people who are remembered collectively as Molly Pitcher?


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. African American refugees in Canada faced concerted racism from white Loyalist refugees and from British officials. The Best Books of Sign in via your Institution Sign in.

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Women in berkinn Struggle for America’s Independence. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Wealthy urban women were spared much of the household production that filled the days of rural wives. Having grown up in Alabama, I revklutionary had my caroll 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.

In a predominantly rural society, they did this by producing children, tending the household, the garden, the dairy, and the henhouse. These sources help the reader understand the motives of women and their reasons for supporting either the British or the Americans. Using Filmer and Locke, she explores the concept of citizen in colonial society. Read it Forward Read it first. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.


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Quotes from newspapers and broadsides are used extensively. They argued that the patriotic activities of women during the Revolution proved in practice what had once been mere theory: However, I regularly use trade books with my upper elementary students in their study of American history.

Early forms of eevolutionary included boycotting British cloth—and thus dusting off retired spinning wheels—and tea as women used “their purchasing cagol as a political weapon.

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.

Camp followers often soldiers’ wives provided logistical support cooking, washing, sewing, nursing, finding supplies and occasionally even fought; prostitutes kept up soldiers’ sexual and social morale.

Formal institutions like the church, the government, and the professions, were also closed to them. Knopf- History – pages. 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.

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