Founding Mothers With Cokie
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Cokie Roberts, author of Founding Mothers, sheds light on female contributions to the American Revolution, revealing stirring stories about those who helped raise our nation. As Abigail Adams told husband John: ''All history and every age exhibit instances of patriotic virtue in the female sex; which considering our situation equals the most heroic of yours.'' With the men away, women defended homes, raised children, managed businesses, and provided political advice. But not all were patriotic--like Margaret (Peggy) Shippen Arnold, Benedict's wife. Promised freedom, many slaves fought for the British, though in 1781, a slave called Mumbett sued for freedom and won! This founding mother, who took the name Elizabeth Freeman, set a precedent that led to Massachusetts' abolition of slavery. And we examine the role of camp followers and the few women that actually fought, like Deborah Sampson who enlisted in the Continental Army under her dead brother's name.
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The substance of the book was worthy of a much more in depth coverage than it got. This was a piece of fluff that superficially touched upon select aspects of the book, leaving the vast majority of the subject completely unexplored. There were a few interesting things included, but nothing was covered sufficiently. When it was over, I had the feeling that I had just watched a trailer, instead of the whole video. Such a disappointment!
The book was fascinating, and anyone who really cares to know about the Founding Mothers, will skip this vid and read the book in it's entirety.