Founding Mothers

Founding Mothers

by Cokie Roberts

Overview: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts comes New York Times bestseller 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. #1 New York Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts brings us women who fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men, often defending their very doorsteps. Drawing upon personal correspondence, private journals, and even favoured 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 have never survived..

Sharon Weiss (05/31/18): Many of us are familiar with Cokie Roberts as a radio and TV political commentator. This book provides brief biographies of the nation's Founding Mothers (Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and many more. We learn about the hardships imposed on these women to keep the home fires burning while their men were establishing the country. Women with no experience had to manage farms and businesses without any preparation. Some had to manage by themselves for years at a time while their husbands traveled to Europe to secure funding for the Revolution. Cokie's narrative sounds exactly like her radio and TV voice, so it is a very pleasant read.
Rating: *****

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