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More than Petticoats: Remarkable New York Women

More than Petticoats: Remarkable New York Women

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by Antonia Petrash

More than Petticoats: Remarkable New York Women presents the intriguing biographies of twelve exceptional women who made an impact not just on their home state, but on the nation and the world.


More than Petticoats: Remarkable New York Women presents the intriguing biographies of twelve exceptional women who made an impact not just on their home state, but on the nation and the world.

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This is part of a series; Twodot Press features important but not always well- known women in the history of each state. It is an admirable ambition, and Antonia Petrash illuminates the lives of such inspirational women as Mary Burnett Talbert, Harriet Tubman, Emma Hart Willard, and Sybil Ludington, to name a few. The book is organized chronologically and each chapter begins with the name of the woman and a phrase defining her accomplishments, which makes it a pleasant browse and efficient for fact-finding. Petrash's research appears thorough, and she is an enthusiastic teacher. For example, she points out that Sybil Ludington—not as well known as Paul Revere, she also alerted the patriots by a midnight ride—accomplished more than Revere, since she rode farther, rode unaccompanied, and completed her journey successfully. It is fascinating to read what Amelia Jenks Bloomer did besides being an advocate for fashion, and amusing to learn about the adventures of Deborah Dunch Moody, thorn in the side of colonial men. Her choice of remarkable women leaves me wondering. In all of New York history (prior to 1900), couldn't she find anyone more "remarkable" than Kateri Tekawitha? (Kateri was the first Native American to become venerated as a martyr.) I fail to see where martyring oneself at 24 is inspirational if you are not Catholic. If you are Catholic, of course, it is the ultimate honor, but this was not advertised as a religious book. Since I try to be accepting of cultural differences, it made me wince to read Petrash's, "Kateri turned away from the pagan culture of her birth and lived in a world steeped in holiness and piety." Also, I hope it is just a typo that made Petrash listthe wrong amendment as that which guaranteed a woman's right to vote. (She gives the 20th, which defines presidential terms, rather than the19th.) Perhaps in subsequent installments More Than Petticoats will be a better product, but for now, while I would surely recommend it for entertainment, I would be reluctant to recommend this book for research, especially to youth, except when the researcher had other books on similar subjects with which to make a comparison. Category: Biography & Personal Narrative. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Globe Pequot, 176p. illus. bibliog. index., $10.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Frieda Toth; Children's Libn., Crandall P.L., Glen Falls, NY SOURCE: KLIATT, March 2002 (Vol. 36, No. 2)

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More than Petticoats Series
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First Edition
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The corridor leading to the kitchen was dark, the house very still. Trailed by the nervous young policeman, Josephine knocked tentatively at the kitchen door, not daring to imagine what she would find behind the carved oak panel. Suddenly the door swung open and the young doctor was faced with the tall, angry form of the household cook wildly stabbing at her with a sharp carving fork. The fork missed Josephine's neck by just inches. Suddenly, what had seemed like a routine call became for Sara Josephine Baker a fight for her life.

Meet the Author

Antonia Petrash was born and raised in New York State and enjoys a deep and abiding interest in its history, especially the history of its extraordinary women. In addition to her writing, she works as a librarian and an archivist and manages a small local history collection.

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More than Petticoats: Remarkable New York Women 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NorthernSW More than 1 year ago
Quite surprisingly to me, this book is relevant to our times and to women's history, plus it kept my interest throughout. This is easily read so it can be used by moms and their daughters. Just wait until you read about who put Paul Revere in his place! There are women of different races and social classes described here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting, invigorating little book, that gives some real information on how New York Women made a difference in our life. Before television, before the internet,even before the vote, some movers and shakers were getting things