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Masquerade: The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier

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In Masquerade, Alfred F. Young scrapes through layers of fiction and myth to uncover the story of Deborah Sampson, a Massachusetts woman who passed as a man and fought as a soldier for seventeen months toward the end of the American Revolution.

Deborah Sampson was not the only woman to pose as a male and fight in the war, but she was certainly one of the most successful and celebrated. She managed to fight in combat and earn the respect of her officers and peers, and in later years she toured the country lecturing about her experiences and was partially successful in obtaining veterans benefits. Her full story, however, was buried underneath exaggeration and myth (some of which she may have created herself), becoming another sort of masquerade. Young takes the reader with him through his painstaking efforts to reveal the real Deborah Sampson in a work of history that is as spellbinding as the best detective fiction.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations and maps

Prologue: “A lively comely young nymph. . . dressing in mans apparal has been discovered”

PART ONE: DEBORAH SAMSON

1. Deborah

2. The Rebel

PART TWO: “ROBERT SHURTLIFF”

3. The Continental Army

4. The Light Infantryman

5. The Generals Waiter

PART THREE: “THE CELEBRATED MRS. GANNETT”

6. A Gannett in Sharon

7. A Gannett on Tour

PART FOUR: “OLD SOLDIER”

8. Public Woman

9. Private Woman

PART FIVE: PASSING INTO HISTORY

10. Genteel and Plebian

11. Lost and Found

Epilogue: The Seagull

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679761853
Author:
Young, Alfred
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Young, Alfred F.
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 ILLUS IN TEXT/3 MAPS
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.00x5.32x.88 in. .87 lbs.

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