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While the Women Only Wept: Loyalist Refugee Women in Eastern Ontario Paperback – February 23, 1995

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"This is one of the best books yet written about the Loyalists." Robert M. Calhoon, Department of History, University of North Carolina. "The work succeeds in restoring Loyalist women to their rightful place in the historical record." S.W. See, Choice.

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Janice Potter-MacKinnon traces the story of Loyalist women through their lives in the American colonies before the revolution, their experience as Loyalists living in a society increasingly antagonistic to the British Crown, their forced exodus from the colonies in the late 1770s and early 1780s, and their eventual settlement around present-day Kingston in Eastern Ontario. Potter-MacKinnon argues that the importance of the women's endeavours was obscured in the historical record because most accounts of the Loyalist experience were provided by Loyalist men attempting to explain to themselves how they had come to be exiled. She documents the women's vital services to the Crown in providing information and refuge to Loyalist lighters, maintaining open communication with Native allies, and helping provision the Loyalist forces. When the Loyalists sought to recoup their losses from the British government, however, these same women were depicted as weak supplicants who deserved help from the British government not for their deeds but because of their weakness and suffering. While the Women Only Wept contributes an important new perspective to Loyalist literature and adds a further chapter to women's history.
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press; New Ed edition (February 23, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773513175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773513174
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This book was very enlightening about the events that affected my female ancestors during the revolution. I was particularly gratified to see that the impact on women was explained in detail rather than yet another account of what the men were doing. Women's suffering and attempts to help their male family members was dignified. A long overdue analysis of the impact of the American Revolution on families while respecting the enormous difficulties faced by men and boys.
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