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The Resource Liberty's daughters : the Revolutionary experience of American women, 1750-1800, Mary Beth Norton

Liberty's daughters : the Revolutionary experience of American women, 1750-1800, Mary Beth Norton

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Liberty's daughters : the Revolutionary experience of American women, 1750-1800
Title
Liberty's daughters
Title remainder
the Revolutionary experience of American women, 1750-1800
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Mary Beth Norton
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the Blurb: Liberty's Daughters, the first book to explore the impact of the American Revolution on women, dramatically refutes the widely held belief that colonial women enjoyed a golden age of equality with men before drifting off into Victorian helplessness. Citing the letters, diaries, poems, and other writings of eighteenth-century Americans, prize-winning historian Mary Beth Norton reveals that colonial men and women actually disparaged feminine duties. In the latter part of the book Norton concludes that the Revolution had significant consequences for women-the American notion of womanhood broadened, and Republicanism bestowed a new patriotic importance on women's domestic labors. Comparing the private papers of more than 450 American families-black and white, urban and rural, Northern and Southern, rich and poor-Norton documents the status of women before, during, and after the Revolution. Women tell how they felt about their subjugation to men and how they viewed the fate to which society had consigned them-betrothal, pregnancy, motherhood, and a life of monotonous and exhausting household labor. Colonial women translated their inferior status in society into low self-esteem, frequently using femininity as an excuse for moral and intellectual failings. Norton contends, however, that the American thrust for independence also helped advance the status of women. Pre-revolutionary ferment incited women to take a more active role in public life. Patriots adjured the ladies to participate in boycotts; women began to read widely and express political opinions. Slowly, men began to value female involvement in the revolutionary cause, thus boosting women's sense of their own importance. As the men went off to battle, women were forced to handle traditionally male responsibilities of financial and family management. Gradually, many husbands became accustomed to relying on their wives' judgment and gained new respect for the strength, intelligence, and patriotism of women. While no sweeping feminist reforms followed the Revolution, Norton shows that the war was a turning point for American women. The circumstances tested their talents and abilities, and women's response won them important recognition, which was made concrete in reforms in female education in the early days of the republic
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Norton, Mary Beth
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Women
  • Women
  • Women
  • Women
  • Women
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Liberty's daughters : the Revolutionary experience of American women, 1750-1800, Mary Beth Norton
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 304-314
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Preface -- Part 1: Constant Patterns Of Women's Lives: -- 1: Small circle of domestic concerns -- 2: Important crisis upon which our fate depends -- 3: Fair flowers, if rightly cultivated -- 4: In what wou'd you shew your activity? -- 5: As independent as circumstances will admit -- Part 2: Changing Patterns Of Women's Lives: -- 6: We commenced perfect statesmen -- 7: Necessity taught us -- 8: Reverence of self -- 9: Vindicating the equality of female intellect -- Conclusion: New era of female history -- Abbreviations appearing in the sources and references -- Glossary of major families and sources -- Essay on sources -- Chapter references -- Index
Control code
5777119
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 384 pages
Isbn
9780316612517
Lccn
79025245
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)91967
Label
Liberty's daughters : the Revolutionary experience of American women, 1750-1800, Mary Beth Norton
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 304-314
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Preface -- Part 1: Constant Patterns Of Women's Lives: -- 1: Small circle of domestic concerns -- 2: Important crisis upon which our fate depends -- 3: Fair flowers, if rightly cultivated -- 4: In what wou'd you shew your activity? -- 5: As independent as circumstances will admit -- Part 2: Changing Patterns Of Women's Lives: -- 6: We commenced perfect statesmen -- 7: Necessity taught us -- 8: Reverence of self -- 9: Vindicating the equality of female intellect -- Conclusion: New era of female history -- Abbreviations appearing in the sources and references -- Glossary of major families and sources -- Essay on sources -- Chapter references -- Index
Control code
5777119
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 384 pages
Isbn
9780316612517
Lccn
79025245
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)91967

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