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Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation (utgåvan 2004)

av Cokie Roberts (Författare)

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Cokie Roberts's number one New York Times bestseller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second bestseller, From This Day Forward, written with her husband, Steve Roberts, described American marriages throughout history, including the romance of John and Abigail Adams. Now Roberts returns with 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. Roberts brings us the women who fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men, often defending their very doorsteps. While the men went off to war or to Congress, the women managed their businesses, raised their children, provided them with political advice, and made it possible for the men to do what they did. The behind-the-scenes influence of these women -- and their sometimes very public activities -- was intelligent and pervasive. Drawing upon personal correspondence, private journals, and even favored 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 never have survived. Social history at its best, Founding Mothers unveils the drive, determination, creative insight, and passion of the other patriots, the women who raised our nation. Roberts proves beyond a 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.… (mer)
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Titel:Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
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Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation av Cokie Roberts

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There are hundreds of stories about women who shaped this nation. And Roberts is taking on a monumental task. But it could have been organized much better. All the jumping around made my head spin. And it felt somewhat repetitive in some parts. Similarly, I had a hard time following the thesis or finding much evidence for it. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
A fun, quick, listen! As Roberts wrote [paraphrased], "if John Adams had left a grocery list, it would have been saved, but women's writings weren't saved." These are wonderful vignettes of women saving their farms, fending off the British, saving their father's papers, and many other sorts of heroic measures. Good for Roberts, and thanks for her "asides," too. ( )
  kaulsu | Sep 10, 2021 |
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  semoffat | Aug 6, 2021 |
I'm an avid historical bio reader, especially about people from the Colonial to federal eras, and welcome the chance to learn more, not only about history, but also the real people back then. When I say real, I mean who they really were as individuals, not cardboard figures from history books. I like to know about their true personalities, likes and dislikes, the things that made them who they were, and this book doesn't disappoint. I learned more about my two favorites, Martha Washington and Abigail Adams, as well as being introduced to some new people, like Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Deborah Read Franklin (who deserved a better husband than Ben). This book made me do some more research about Eliza and the Pinckney family, and that's another thing in its favor; Ms. Roberts gives you an entertaining, as well as informative, history lesson that makes you want to take more classes.

It should go without saying that I'll be reading the sequel ASAP, as well as the one about women in the Civil War days.. I'm sorry she's no longer with us; who knows what other books she might have written? ( )
  EmeraldAngel | Jun 3, 2021 |
A must read for anyone interested in Colonial History, the Revolutionary War, and Women's History. The insights given to the involvement of our founding mothers - in many cases using their own words - enhances the body of knowledge about the contributions of women and importance of their work to establish our new nation. ( )
  prudencegoodwife | Aug 3, 2019 |
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''Founding Mothers'' is essentially a series of entertaining mini-biographies and engaging vignettes.
 
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!
 
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To my own Founding Mothers: The women in my family, particularly my mother, who told the stories that we call history. And, especially, to the religious of the Society of the Sacred Heart, the RSCJ's, who took girls seriously—a radical notion in the 1950s.
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Chapter One
Before 1775:
The Road to Revolution

Deborah Read Franklin

Stirrings of Discontent

When you hear of a family with two brothers who fought heroically in the Revolutionary War, served their state in high office, and emerged as key figures in the new American nation, don't you immediately think, "They must have had a remarkable mother"?
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Cokie Roberts's number one New York Times bestseller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second bestseller, From This Day Forward, written with her husband, Steve Roberts, described American marriages throughout history, including the romance of John and Abigail Adams. Now Roberts returns with 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. Roberts brings us the women who fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men, often defending their very doorsteps. While the men went off to war or to Congress, the women managed their businesses, raised their children, provided them with political advice, and made it possible for the men to do what they did. The behind-the-scenes influence of these women -- and their sometimes very public activities -- was intelligent and pervasive. Drawing upon personal correspondence, private journals, and even favored 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 never have survived. Social history at its best, Founding Mothers unveils the drive, determination, creative insight, and passion of the other patriots, the women who raised our nation. Roberts proves beyond a 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.

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