- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 1300 (What's this?)
- Series: Women of Action
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Chicago Review Press (March 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1613745834
- ISBN-13: 978-1613745830
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue (Women of Action) Hardcover – March 1, 2015
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Gr 7–10—In a clear writing style, Casey profiles 20 female figures in this collection of biographies of women involved with the American Revolution. While some of the names are legendary and recognizable, most are not. These ordinary girls and women who accomplished amazing feats usually thought of as masculine make for interesting reading. From spies to soldiers to slaves, the women profiled here are engaging enough to keep students interested, and some may even seek out further information. The author shares her research of differing accounts of the same events, so the readers can decipher the evidence for themselves. Each piece is brief—no more than 10 pages, and readers will find them very accessible. VERDICT This well-researched book sheds light on lesser known women of this period and is an excellent way to incorporate diversity into the curriculum.—Glynis Jean Wray, Ocean County Library, Toms River, NJ
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This fine book is part of a Women of Action series, and it is indeed action-packed. I don't think I ever really had such a good feel for the American Revolution as I got from this book. That the Tories (anti-revolution and pro-British) played such an active part in trying to stop the revolution, that they burned and hung patriots, this I hadn't understood so well. Each of the twenty stories here is fascinating but some really do stick out, a bold fifteen year old girl who rides all over the land warning the patriots that the British are coming....her act as important as that ride of Paul Revere, and every bit as dangerous. The delicate young black slave girl, Phillis Wheatley, who wrote beautiful, melodious patriotic poems that were remarkable in their quality and who became a friend of George Washington, but who eventually died, free but destitute, of an asthma attack while still in her early 30's. The story of Phillis Wheatley was so powerfully told it made me cry.
The harshness of life in those days is impressive. Many of these brave women lost numerous husbands from war or illness, and many also lost most of the young children they had. Many lost all the money and property they had during the war. Picture young Molly Pitcher whose husband was shot dead while manning a canon in a big battle against the Redcoats. With her dead husband at her feet, Molly took up the powder horn and rammed the cannon full of shot, and then continued to fire the cannon for hours until the battle was won. What guts.
One of the most daring of these women (and all of them were plenty daring, risking being shot or hung if caught) was Mammy Kate. Mammy was a slave but she cared about her master, Stephen Heard, a militia officer... and when he was captured and sentenced to hang, she decided to do something about it. Mammy walked 50 miles to get to the prison, and there she arranged for herself to collect dirty laundry from the prisoners. Mammy Kate was a big, strong lady, and Officer Heard was a small fellow. One day, the day before Heard was to hang, she got into the prison, had him climb into her big laundry basket. The other prisoners then packed old clothes around him, and Mammy Kate hoisted the big basket up onto her head and boldly walked out of the prison! What a gutsy lady.
I'd like to say that while this book is suitable for pretty near everyone, it ought to be required reading in whatever years it is that children learn about the War of Independence. All of us who live in the USA now, we all owe a real debt to these brave women. We should not let their heroism be forgotten. Women in particular should buy, read and recommend this wonderful book....but men will like it too...and learn a great deal in the reading of it. Terrific research here, a rare gem of a book.