Revolutionary Mothers Review Essay

756 Words May 19th, 2011 4 Pages
Berkin, C. (2005). REVOLUTIONARY MOTHERS: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence. Vintage Books.

Book Review #1 By Tawnya Pluid

Carol Berkin’s "Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence" is an excellent book that I immensely enjoyed. When many people think of the Revolutionary War, they might imagine George Washington gallantly leading his men through the winters at Valley Forge or the like. Berkin begins her masterpiece by giving a general overview of the roll that women played in our countries war for independence. Now I, like many others come to think of the iconic role model women like Betsy Ross and the fabled Molly Pitcher, but this star of a book opened my eyes to the everyday
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Not only does Berkin discuss the staunch patriot, on the side of righteousness but that of the loyalist and African American or Native American. I would tend to think that the simple act of the author discussing and telling histories on either side of the war only adds to the reliability of the information in the book. Overall the information contained within the pages of this spellbinding book present an eye opening historical section of our history. The information presented by this respected historian appears on all accounts to be factual to the best of ability. After reading “Revolutionary Mothers: Women in Struggle for America’s Independence” I now see the great importance that women played in the forming of this nation despite their lack of rights, political and voting recognition during these times.
Lastly, the readability of this book is amazing. The information is presented well that is laid out in an organized manner. Due to the many different aspects and sides to the women discussed in the book there are sections laid out devoted to specific loyalties people and race. The tone of the book is pleasantly understood, so that many people of many different education levels are able to appreciate the information presented by Carol Berkin. The reader is immediately drawn in to the general overview located in the preface. Further on in the book Berkin is able to personalize the information so that the…