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.
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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.
Women did not have the rights and the equality that women have today. Women would never unite in order to fight for their rights. It is believed that women did not bring any significance in the Revolutionary War, but they actually did.
Berkin also wanted to show that the Revolutionary War was actually a very harmful war. The revolution began with protests against taxation and a growing fear towards the parliament. Not only because of those two reasons but it was also for the American Independence. This war disrupted the normal life of both men and women. Berkin takes a closer look at the lives and roles of the majority of… Related Documents.
'Revolutionary Mothers' by Carol Berkin
Moving far beyond the stories of familiar patriot women, Berkin finds a series of lenses through which to examine the time period. She chooses to show the war through the eyes of patriot and loyalist, rich and poor, American and British, Indian and African American women. In doing so, she allows the reader to see the war not as black and white, good versus evil, but rather as a gray-toned struggle, which affected a kaleidoscope of women and their families. It is clear that Berkin admires the women about whom she writes, for qualities such as physical strength, courage, mental toughness, intelligence, and resourcefulness. However, she leaves the reader wondering why these women, who proved their capabilities over and over during the war, did not rise up and demand equal rights as the Constitution was crafted at the end of the war. The women of the Revolution--with the notable exception of the female Indian tribal leaders-- were mostly tied to the notion that their efforts, while valiant and necessary, were merely in support of the men whose job it was to run the country. They offered only the faintest attempts to reach out and grasp their rights as equals in the male dominated society of the eighteenth century.
Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence
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.
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.