Cokie returns with Founding Mothers, an intimate look at the passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families and country proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.
"Interesting, but not engrossing"
With the outbreak of the Civil War, the small, social, Southern town of Washington, DC, found itself caught between warring sides in a four-year battle that would determine the future of the United States. After the declaration of secession, many fascinating Southern women left the city, leaving their friends - such as Adele Cutts Douglas and Elizabeth Blair Lee - to grapple with questions of safety and sanitation as the capital was transformed into an immense Union army camp and later a hospital.
Roberts presents a colorful blend of biographical portraits and behind-the-scenes vignettes chronicling women's public roles and private responsibilities.
"Ladies of Liberty"
In this 10th anniversary edition, renowned political commentator Cokie Roberts once again examines the nature of women's roles. From mother to mechanic, sister to soldier, Roberts reveals how much progress has now been made and how much further we have to go. Updated and expanded to include a diverse new cast of women, including Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Billie Jean King, and others, this collection of essays offers tremendous insight into the opportunities and challenges that women encounter today.
ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts describes remarkable women who helped build our nation by facing challenges and becoming reformers and advocates for education, orphans, and abolition. Roberts and her husband, Steve, write a weekly column syndicated in newspapers across the country. Her books - From This Day Forward, which she co-wrote with her husband, and We Are Our Mothers' Daughters - have been best sellers.
Tonight on the program, a discussion about where America will be after the election. Charlie is joined by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; Walter Isaacson, founder and C.E.O. of the Aspen Institute; Jeff Greenfield of Politico and PBS Newshour Weekend; Kurt Andersen, host of WNYC’s Studio 360; and Cokie Roberts of ABC News.