Great Women of the American Revolution

Great Women of the American Revolution

by Michael Burgan

Describes some of the roles that women played during the American Revolution, including managing the home and farm, making cloth for clothes, and nursing the sick and wounded soldiers.


Describes some of the roles that women played during the American Revolution, including managing the home and farm, making cloth for clothes, and nursing the sick and wounded soldiers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Part of the "We the People" series which, "examines key events that have shaped the course of the nation," this text belongs to a subgroup of titles that explore the many roles of famous and not-so-famous women of the time. Each "Great Women" book follows a similar format beginning with background material about the time and then progressing to chapters about the activities of specific women during the era. Each book is written at a 3rd to 5th-grade reading level with many graphics and relatively few words per page. This makes this series particularly helpful for struggling readers who are studying the regular fifth-grade social studies curriculum of United States' history. Each book contains numerous research tools, such as a glossary, timeline, additional facts and summaries on the people mentioned. Additional print and internet resources are also included. This particular title in the series discusses women's roles in the American Revolution in a thematic way. For example, there are women who served the cause by remaining home—such as Sarah Franklin Bache who founded an association to support the troops, and women who went to war—such as camp follower Sarah Osborn who became known as Molly Pitcher. Daring women who disguised themselves as men in order to fight, and women who served as spies for both sides are treated in an even-handed way. These many compelling short portraits may excite students and encourage research to learn more about these often-overlooked heroines of the time, and the book will complement any classroom library focused on United States history. 2005, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Sheryl O'Sullivan
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Four enticing, well-documented titles that highlight aspects of our nation's history. Each one is appealing in its presentation, with large print and accessible information written in an engaging style. Revolution and Civil War focus primarily on women who played pivotal roles during these volatile periods. Biographical information is juxtaposed nicely alongside the political aspects of the wars. Minutemen pays homage to those individuals who fought bravely and heroically at Lexington and Concord, while Witch Trials delves into the hysteria that held captive the town of Salem in 1692. Full-color and black-and-white reproductions, photographs, and maps enhance the texts. The lists of important people are a welcome addition, as are the lists for further reading and Web sites. Fine additions for reports and for recreational reading.-Janet Gillen, Great Neck Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
We the People: Revolution and the New Nation Series
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Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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