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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Any bright spots in this picture? Much of what women reformers and intellectuals like Judith Sargent Murray wanted grew out of the ideological and social shifts that preceded the revolution. The majority of white women worked long hours at tasks modern Americans would find unfamiliar: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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More By and About This Author. 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. About Revolutionary Mothers The American Revolution was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed, and danger into the life of every American.

These sources help the reader understand the motives of women and their reasons for supporting either the British or the Americans.

By the time I began teaching, several of my women colleagues and I had begun to ask those first, exhilarating questions: 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.


Schoolchildren are often taught that all Native Americans supported the British during the Revolution, but this is not the case. One is the reminder that where and when there were Founding Fathers there were also Founding Mothers.

How did the Revolution change the worldview of the women who experienced it?

Revolutionary Mothers

Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Fighting together for independence did not erase the class boundaries that separated genteel society from their social inferiors.

Please try again later. Citing articles via Google Scholar. They were ladies rather than simply women.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The author 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. Life in the camps was harsh for the average enlisted man revoluutionary soldiers often took out their frustrations on women of their own class who followed the military. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account?

The author includes writing by female patriots such as Mercy Otis Warren and poet Hannah Griffitsbut she notes that their writing, though popular, was published anonymously.

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Information about the roles played by African Americans and Indian women is very hard to come by, but fascinating and vital. Most, but not all, Indian tribes decided that their interests lay with the British in the war. The title of Carol Berkin’s book clearly introduces the important facets of her work.


Quotes from newspapers and broadsides are used extensively. These young elite men had embraced a relatively new, highly romantic view of women. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Csrol huge number of references, sources, and documents makes the book rich and lively.

American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. In desperation many black men and women indentured themselves as servants to wealthier white families. And they had servants or slaves.

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These letters lay out the fears of women, both loyalist and patriot, and describe the conditions under which they lived. Because of this, I did a dissertation on a male Loyalist. Berkin utilizes much of the scholarship about women in late eighteenth-century America that has been produced over the past twenty-five years and reolutionary a synthesis that is eminently readable and useful. According to their code of gentility, ladies did not appear in public if pregnant, they did not curse, they did not appear in public without a male escort, they were clean and dainty and chaste and modest.

So, when we attempt to answer this question, we have to be honest and say that the worldview we are presenting is that of a privileged minority. Books of the Week.