Roberts reveals the often surprising stories of these fascinating women, bringing to life the everyday trials of individuals like Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Eliza Pinckney, Mary Bartlett, and Martha Washington, proving that without our exemplary women, the new country might have never survived.
Social history at its best, Founding Mothers unveils the determination, creative insight, and passion of the other patriots, the women who raised our nation. Cokie Roberts proves beyond 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.
©2004 Cokie Roberts; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Roberts's style is delightfully intimate and confiding....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!" (Publishers Weekly)
"Roberts offers a much-needed look at the unheralded sacrifices and heroism of colonial women." (Booklist)
"She [Roberts] creates a strong, though perhaps overstated, case that without the patriotism of women on the home front, the Colonies would have lost the Revolutionary War....A series of entertaining minibiographies and engaging vignettes." (The New York Times Book Review)
I found these stories interesting, but not compelling. What I found most interesting was the relationships between the ladies mentioned in this book. But, it was a little hard to follow, and I put it down several times. I enjoyed the author's reading. But I was not inspired to find out any more about these women, which was surprising to me, since I very much like American history.
For an individual who has lived her life with much hard-earned success, Roberts does it again with this heartfelt tribute to some of her hard working predecessors. Through her articulate reading it is conveyed to the reader that Roberts has developed an emotional interest in the amazing women she has brought to consciousness. Overall, what another great gift Roberts has shared with the nation.
This was a refreshing perspective on the formation of our country. After reading "Benjamin Frankin", "John Adams", and "Alexander Hamilton" it was nice to read a book about the women behind the men.
First of all, what a treat to hear Cokie Roberts read her book herself. It is a cliche that behind great men stand great women. But these are not romanticized tales of women engaged in heroic deeds. It is one thing to strike out and create an independent life for yourself, it is something completely different to be placed in extreme circumstances by your spouse, with the expectation that you will cope (because that was what women did). As Cokie Roberts says when describing her research on the book, these few stories survive because these women were married to famous men. Women's stories were not considered very important or interesting. With these few examples, during colonial and revolutionary times, what must the lives of the thousands of other wives been like.
not really...maybe someone who was really into facts about the MEN and women of the New Nation.
It was just fact after fact in a random manner. It was difficult to keep up with unfamiliar names. Also I felt it told more about the men than the women.
Very interesting and informative. Nice to see the mothers being given credit for their part in history. Moving from one mother so quickly to another, especially many that I had never heard of, made the information hard to assimilate. I think I have already forgotten too many names. I probably should buy the book in order to refer back for the information. The anecdotes were interesting and, yes, even fun to read.
I found this book to be very intriquing and entertaining. Cokie Roberts did an excellent job researching and telling the story of so many of our beloved historic mothers!
Ginger Dawn Harman
Founding mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts was a library book club discussion that was more than well received. Roberts provides a well written and researched novel that gives you more than what you will learn in a school setting. First let me say that I am so grateful that I was not married to Ben Franklin. I was shocked at what many of our founding Mothers endured. The book begins in the early 1700's. It ends when the presidency of George Washington ends and John Adams is elected, in 1797.
I was amazed at how quickly I read this book and how I couldn’t put it down. From a young fifteen year old girl running the farm, businesses and families through the uncertain times of late colonial life. There are stories of women defending their homes from Loyalists, outwitting the British as spies and even fighting on the front lines.
Oh and the story of Catherine Littlefield Greene who suggested to Whitney the use of a brush-like component instrumental in separating out the seeds from the cotton. Oh and it was Greene who provided the money for the invention. My only complaint is that the book is a bit choppy in areas and the author comes off a bit with sarcasm at times. Overall, our book club had a great discussion and enjoyed this novel.
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