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Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

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Publisher Comments:

Cokie Roberts's number one New York Times bestseller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second bestseller, From This Day Forward, written with her husband, Steve Roberts, described American marriages throughout history, including the romance of John and Abigail Adams. Now Roberts returns with Founding Mothers, an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families — and their country — proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.

While much has been written about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, battled the British, and framed the Constitution, the wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters they left behind have been little noticed by history. Roberts brings us the women who fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men, often defending their very doorsteps. While the men went off to war or to Congress, the women managed their businesses, raised their children, provided them with political advice, and made it possible for the men to do what they did. The behind-the-scenes influence of these women — and their sometimes very public activities — was intelligent and pervasive.

Drawing upon personal correspondence, private journals, and even favored recipes, Roberts reveals the often surprising stories of these fascinating women, bringing to life the everyday trials and extraordinary triumphs of individuals like Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Deborah Read Franklin, Eliza Pinckney, Catherine Littlefield Green, Esther DeBerdt Reed, and Martha Washington — proving that without our exemplary women, the new country might never have survived.

Social history at its best, Founding Mothers unveils the drive, determination, creative insight, and passion of the other patriots, the women who raised our nation. Roberts proves beyond a doubt that like every generation of American women that has followed, the founding mothers used the unique gifts of their gender — courage, pluck, sadness, joy, energy, grace, sensitivity, and humor — to do what women do best, put one foot in front of the other in remarkable circumstances and carry on.

Review:

"ABC News political commentator and NPR news analyst Roberts didn't intend this as a general history of women's lives in early America — she just wanted to collect some great 'stories of the women who influenced the Founding Fathers.' For while we know the names of at least some of these women (Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Eliza Pinckney), we know little about their roles in the Revolutionary War, the writing of the Constitution, or the politics of our early republic. In rough chronological order, Roberts introduces a variety of women, mostly wives, sisters or mothers of key men, exploring how they used their wit, wealth or connections to influence the men who made policy. As high-profile players married into each other's families, as wives died in childbirth and husbands remarried, it seems as if early America — or at least its upper crust — was indeed a very small world. Roberts's style is delightfully intimate and confiding: on the debate over Mrs. Benedict Arnold's infamy, she proclaims, 'Peggy was in it from the beginning.' Roberts also has an ear for juicy quotes; she recounts Aaron Burr's mother, Esther, bemoaning that when talking to a man with 'mean thoughts of women,' her tongue 'hangs pretty loose,' so she 'talked him quite silent.' In addition to telling wonderful stories, Roberts also presents a very readable, serviceable account of politics — male and female — in early America. If only our standard history textbooks were written with such flair! 7 illus. not seen by PW. Agent, Bob Barnett. (On sale Apr. 13) Forecast: If booksellers position Roberts's book as a history of early America — and not as a women's studies text — it could have greater appeal." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In "Founding Mothers," Roberts tells the fascinating yet overlooked story of the women who helped create a new nation. While the men were debating the merits of revolution, these women were living it even as the Redcoats landed on their doorsteps.

About the Author

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and a senior news analyst for NPR. In addition to broadcasting, Roberts, along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers across the country by United Media. She is the bestselling author of From This Day Forward, Founding Mothers, and Ladies of Liberty, and she lives with her husband in Bethesda, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060090258
Author:
Roberts, Cokie
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
Jurskis, Amy
Author:
by Cokie Roberts
Author:
berts, Cokie
Author:
Ro
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Women in politics
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Women -- United States.
Subject:
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
MCEER 03-0004
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6.125 x 1.21 in 19.2 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "ABC News political commentator and NPR news analyst Roberts didn't intend this as a general history of women's lives in early America — she just wanted to collect some great 'stories of the women who influenced the Founding Fathers.' For while we know the names of at least some of these women (Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Eliza Pinckney), we know little about their roles in the Revolutionary War, the writing of the Constitution, or the politics of our early republic. In rough chronological order, Roberts introduces a variety of women, mostly wives, sisters or mothers of key men, exploring how they used their wit, wealth or connections to influence the men who made policy. As high-profile players married into each other's families, as wives died in childbirth and husbands remarried, it seems as if early America — or at least its upper crust — was indeed a very small world. Roberts's style is delightfully intimate and confiding: on the debate over Mrs. Benedict Arnold's infamy, she proclaims, 'Peggy was in it from the beginning.' Roberts also has an ear for juicy quotes; she recounts Aaron Burr's mother, Esther, bemoaning that when talking to a man with 'mean thoughts of women,' her tongue 'hangs pretty loose,' so she 'talked him quite silent.' In addition to telling wonderful stories, Roberts also presents a very readable, serviceable account of politics — male and female — in early America. If only our standard history textbooks were written with such flair! 7 illus. not seen by PW. Agent, Bob Barnett. (On sale Apr. 13) Forecast: If booksellers position Roberts's book as a history of early America — and not as a women's studies text — it could have greater appeal." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In "Founding Mothers," Roberts tells the fascinating yet overlooked story of the women who helped create a new nation. While the men were debating the merits of revolution, these women were living it even as the Redcoats landed on their doorsteps.

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