This book specifically talked about how women used to live back in the old time during war time. Some men may have been sent to war without their consent, but women suffered as well. Berkin described the American Revolution as a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed, and danger into the life of every American. The author shows how women played a vital role throughout the war. She focused on both high and low social classes.

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Berkin finds that while women of various races, classes, ages, and backgrounds experienced war differently, they each played a unique and important role in the Revolution. Instead, this book examines a war that continually blurred the lines between battlefield and home front, and it views that war through the eyes of the women who found themselves, willingly and unwillingly, at the center of a long and violent conflict.

These women were neither generals nor statesmen. They played no formal role in declaring the war or making the peace.

Yet women could hardly have been passive observers to a war waged in the streets of their towns and cities, in the fields of their family farms, or on their very doorsteps.

The Revolution began with protests against taxation and a growing fear that Parliament and finally the king intended to enslave their own citizens. Women and girls were partners with their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons in the public demonstrations against the new British policies and, if they were absent from the halls of colonial legislatures, their presence was crucial in the most effective protest strategy of all: the boycott of British manufactured goods.

As the war began, women transformed peacetime domestic chores and skills into wartime activities, becoming the unofficial quartermaster corps of the Continental Army and of their state regiments. Women traveled with the army—serving the men as cooks, launderesses, and nurses. Women were enlisted to serve as spies and couriers for the king and for revolutionaries. But more than anything else, wives and mothers and daughters kept farms and shops and families going for eight long years of conflict so that there was something to come home to when peace returned.

It is these smaller acts of bravery, individual and collective, that constitute the heart of this book. Subscribe to stay up-to-date with all the Museum has to offer.


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The book mainly focuses women roles throughout the American Upheaval period. Berkin begins with a brief analysis of the cultural and social norms of women during the American Revolution era. Berkin then examines the way this era helped to change many of those cultural and social norms. She focuses on the way women engaged in diverse activities, which helped the war effort. She mentions a few of contributions that women made towards the American Revolution war. The story sheds light on an enthralling and unknown side of the struggle for freedom in America Kierner The author mostly focuses on women and paints a gloomy version of their lives before the Revolution War.


Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence

By Carol Berkin. As we study the Revolutionary War we tend to think of the men that revolted, fought, and petitioned, but have we ever thought about what the women did during the war? Women were the backbone of towns, farms, and other businesses during the war. The book, Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin, shares the stories of what women went through during the Revolutionary War.

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