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Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800 Paperback – September 4, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0801483479 ISBN-10: 0801483476 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (September 4, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801483476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801483479
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[An] excellent book…[Norton's] first concern… is to trace the decline of patriarchy; the growth of free choice of a spouse; the rise of marital equality…the greater equality in educational attainments; the more intense concern of parents for the proper education of children; the greater permissiveness in child-rearing; and the increased cooperation between spouses in birth control…[Her] fascinating documentation, drawn from a vast range of manuscript sources, establishes the facts beyond any reasonable doubt…Norton suggests that the change resulted from… two factors. The first was the practical experience of women during the long years of revolutionary upheaval…The second…was the impact of egalitarian and republican ideology." ~Lawrence Stone, New York Times Book Review


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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Chad Brown on November 19, 2000
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Liberty's Daughters is really the combined collection of two books. Part I: The Constant Patterns of Women's Lives, sets the reader up for Part II: The Changing Patterns of Women's Lives. In a way, Part I explains the life of the prewar colonial woman. Part II discusses the changes that would occur for women during and immediately following the war. Norton makes a convincing argument that women's lives were forever changed by the Revolutionary War. Chapter 1 was extremely interesting as Norton details the differences between rural women of the colonies with urban women. She details the lives of rural women of the North in comparison to women of the rural South. Plus, Norton discusses the even harsher life of the female slave. In a way, there is an underlying sentiment that life was very difficult for both men and women during this period of time. I appreciated Norton's realization that men also experienced plenty of toil during this time in history. In other words, there was plenty of hardship to go around. One main theme that the reader quickly notices is how important spinning was to the women of colonial America. The first chapters detail how women would have to spin to make clothes for themselves and their families (and sometimes very large families). To pass the time, women would often spin in groups. This activity gave them a sense of companionship. This community would lay the important groundwork for their support of the men during the Revolutionary War. The second part of the book informs the reader how women formed formal spinning groups that actively worked to help the patriots. In a way, women now took up spinning as a part of the campaign for freedom against the British.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Miller on July 17, 2014
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From the Edenton Tea Party to the benefits of an academy education, this book portrays the transformation of women's lives during the period known as the Revolution. Within these pages women's history is covered along with personal experiences. Through the women's diaries and letters from the 1770's through the 1790's you hear the real voices of the women and their thoughts on politics, war, post war and their education.
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12 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Chad Brown on November 19, 2000
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Liberty's Daughters is really the combined collection of two books. Part I: The Constant Patterns of Women's Lives, sets the reader up for Part II: The Changing Patterns of Women's Lives. In a way, Part I explains the life of the prewar colonial woman. Part II discusses the changes that would occur for women during and immediately following the war. Norton makes a convincing argument that women's lives were forever changed by the Revolutionary War. Chapter 1 was extremely interesting as Norton details the differences between rural women of the colonies with urban women. She details the lives of rural women of the North in comparison to women of the rural South. Plus, Norton discusses the even harsher life of the female slave. In a way, there is an underlying sentiment that life was very difficult for both men and women during this period of time. I appreciated Norton's realization that men also experienced plenty of toil during this time in history. In other words, there was plenty of hardship to go around. One main theme that the reader quickly notices is how important spinning was to the women of colonial America. The first chapters detail how women would have to spin to make clothes for themselves and their families (and sometimes very large families). To pass the time, women would often spin in groups. This activity gave them a sense of companionship. This community would lay the important groundwork for their support of the men during the Revolutionary War. The second part of the book informs the reader how women formed formal spinning groups that actively worked to help the patriots. In a way, women now took up spinning as a part of the campaign for freedom against the British.Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Cummings on October 20, 2013
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This book gave me some great information on women during that time period. I'm a member of DAR and I felt this book was well-written and researched.
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