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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Looking for More Great Reads? My own judgment is that most women saw the revolution as an extraordinary moment in their lives, a moment when gender boundaries were temporarily crossed, when circumstances required adaptation and innovation from everyone. In desperation many black men and women indentured themselves as servants to wealthier white families.

Review of Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin

They were ladies rather than simply women. For example, when the revolution began, the lives of most colonists were revoluhionary shaped by traditional views that God, Nature, law and custom established distinct destinies, roles and realms for men and women.

Sign in via crol Institution Sign in. These sources help the reader understand the motives of women and their reasons for supporting either the British or the Americans.

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. 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.

The caeol notes in her acknowledgements that her research associate scavenged for articles and primary documents at the New York Public Library and a variety of local archives.


Berkin reaches nerkin white “American” women to chart the experiences of Loyalist women “targets of Revolutionary governments eager to confiscate the property of From the Trade Paperback edition.

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African Americans who remained in the northern states fared better and many benefitted from emancipation movements in New England and the middle states. 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.

They strongly endorsed the Enlightenment view that women were capable of rational thought and therefore moral judgments, a view that had begun to be widely embraced by the colonial elite before the war.

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

By showing the different roles women played, she moves the battlefield to wherever women were forced to make choices and employ their talents. 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 revoluionary use.

C arol B erkin. American colonists were notorious land-grabbers, always pushing the line of settlement westward.

How did the Revolution change the ,others of the women who experienced it? This was the world that these 18th century women knew; it was natural and perhaps inevitable to them, just as the gender rules of our society seem natural to most of us. Although her first husband was Indian, her second husband was a white trader.


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I realized that I wanted her to be able to look into the mirror of the past and see her own reflection, and I have been researching and writing to insure this ever since.

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Dec 18, Pages. It gives me revolugionary of roads to follow and paths to send my students on as they search for the real people who lived in Revolutionary times.

To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. 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.

And the 20th century lacked the mystery and novelty that I saw as one of the appeals of studying the past. Ellet uses the material to support her premise that the women of the Revolution were fulfilling their proper roles as helpmates and nurturers of their husbands.

These young elite men had embraced a relatively new, highly romantic view of women. 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!

To watch as African American mothers carried their children across miles of dangerous territory to find refuge with the British army.