Carol Berkin 's Revolutionary Mothers : Women 's Struggle For American Independence

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Informed by feminist theory, Carol Berkin’s book, Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for American Independence, asserts that the Revolutionary War was not a Pleasant time period in our nation’s history. Rather it was a time of hardships for both men and woman of all classes, races and cultures. Throughout the war, the battle front was right next to home, often putting women in the center of history. In an effort to assure that after the war their loved ones had something to come home to, these women made decisions that many people did not expect from them at the time. Dr. Berkin asserts that living in a war zone brought forth complex changes and scarcity to the lives of women. These changes differed for women depending on their social standings and cultural backgrounds. The book demonstrates these differences by examining the social histories of different groups of women and the daily lives of women in each group. Dr. Berkin begins the book with an analysis that examines the lives of the predominantly white women in 18th century colonial society. She proceeds to explore the ways in which the war affected certain women’s lives depending on where they stood in societies rank prior to the war. The life of a female rebel was significantly different from that of a loyalist. Even the life of a private’s wife showed significant differences form that of a general’s wife. Berkin goes in depth into each group of women’s’ personal experiences through their eyes.…

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