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Founding Mothers : The Women Who Raised Our Nation
by Cokie Roberts

Published: 2005-02-15
Paperback : 384 pages
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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 ...

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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.

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How has the role of women changed? Would our country be the same without the accomplishments of these women?
by Alison8641 (see profile) 10/09/14

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Couldn't even finish
by LadyD918 (see profile) 12/18/15
As much as I enjoy listening to Cokie Roberts as a journalist, her writing ability does not translate well in a book. The book jumped from person to person, time to time, then back - very hard to follow. Then she would interject her acerbic opinions.

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  "Founding Mothers"by mrblock (see profile) 09/24/17

Cokie Roberts gives the reader a chance to learn about the Founding Mothers (those married to the Founding Fathers and a few others as well) who have been either ignored or not included in the telling... (read more)

 
by LadyD918 (see profile) 12/18/15

 
  "Founding Mothers : The Women Who Raised Our Nation"by little-sweetums (see profile) 06/12/15

Wonderfully written, information and engaging, filled in many details of our history either unknown or forgotten, brought to light the important and essential role women played in the founding of the USA.... (read more)

 
by myrnathurnher (see profile) 10/10/14

 
  "Founding Mothers"by Alison8641 (see profile) 10/09/14

Our group decided to take a break from novels and read this account of history. We all found it very interesting to read about some women who played a part in building a new country. It was also quite... (read more)

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