More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Massachusetts Women (More than Petticoats Series)

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Meet Inspiring Massachusetts Women

More than Petticoats: Remarkable Massachusetts Women tells the stories of eleven strong and determined women, all of whom broke through social, cultural, or political barriers to achieve greatness. Through their passions-including fighting for the emancipation of slaves, negotiating for improved work conditions in the mills, and elevating housework to a science called "home economics"-these pioneers made ...

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Meet Inspiring Massachusetts Women

More than Petticoats: Remarkable Massachusetts Women tells the stories of eleven strong and determined women, all of whom broke through social, cultural, or political barriers to achieve greatness. Through their passions-including fighting for the emancipation of slaves, negotiating for improved work conditions in the mills, and elevating housework to a science called "home economics"-these pioneers made contributions to society that still have an impact today.
Meet Deborah Samson, who masqueraded as a young man to join the Continental army during the Revolutionary War; Eleanor Creesy, who navigated the most famous clipper ship of the Gold Rush era; Maria Mitchell, whose scientific career was launched by discovering what was to be named "Miss Maria's Comet"; and Fannie Farmer, the cooking instructor whose cookbook took the guesswork out of measuring ingredients.
Each of these women embodied a remarkable determination and an independent spirit that is as inspiring now as it was then. Read about their exciting lives in this collection of brief and absorbing biographies.

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While many women in Massachusetts have achieved fame, the author claims to have chosen lesser-known Massachusetts women who triumphed in difficult situations or pioneered in fields previously closed to them. While the inclusion of well-known Abigail Adams among those featured is a bit puzzling, the stories of these ten women range chronologically from the slave Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman who sued for her freedom in 1781 and won, to the partially paralyzed Fannie Merritt Farmer whose Boston Cooking School Cookbook sold over 330,000 copies by the time of her death in 1915. Elizabeth Peabody pioneered the idea of kindergarten; Eleanor Creesy navigated a clipper ship; Vassar professor Maria Mitchell discovered a comet. Each short chapter tells the story of a woman who reached beyond the expectations of her time and achieved beyond the established limits for her sex. While the text is not annotated, four or five bibliographic references are included for each woman portrayed. More Than Petticoats provides useful enrichment reading. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005, Globe Pequot, 136p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to adult.
—Patricia Moore
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  • ISBN-13: 9780762725991
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: More than Petticoats Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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Lura Seavy is a New England native, with a special interest in writing children¿s nonfiction. She is the author of three books in the Enchantment of the World series: The Dominican Republic, Switzerland and Spain. She is the coauthor of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire (Globe Pequot Press) and writes for several periodicals, including New Hampshire Magazine.
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