VOYA - Maura BresnahanStudents looking for information on the contributions of women during the American Revolution will be well served by Zeinert's work. It opens with a detailed overview of the role women played in American society during the latter half of the eighteenth century. Readers learn of the social class system in colonial America, and its influence on a woman's daily life and duties: "Colonial women were supposed to marry, raise a family, manage their households efficiently, and, above all else, obey their husbands." Subsequent chapters deal with individual efforts of women as spies, soldiers, and diplomats for both Loyalists and Patriot causes. Students will be familiar with some of the women, such as Abigail Adams and Deborah Sampson, while the accomplishments of others, including Philadelphia Quaker Lydia Darragh, will bring refreshing new insight. Lydia, an immigrant from Ireland, used her assumed Quaker neutrality as a shield to gather information against the British troops who occupied her hometown. She risked her life to deliver these troops' plans to General Washington, which led to the defeat of the British at the Battle of Whitemarsh in December 1777. The book's format is friendly, and the pages have a crisp, clean look that young adults will find appealing. Illustrations and captions are well chosen, adding to the reader's understanding of the material. The bibliography, index, and further reading sections make this a helpful resource for students doing more in-depth research on a particular woman or event. School and public libraries also owning Zeinert's Those Incredible Women of World War II (Millbrook, 1994) can offer readers a terrific comparative study of the strength of women at two distinct moments of American history. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology VOYA Codes: 5Q 3P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library JournalGr 6-9Zeinert chronicles the many contributions made by women during the Revolutionary War. She describes the role of both patriots and loyalists; black and Indian women; Northern women as well as those on Southern plantations, showing how the war forced them to assume nontraditional roles, such as protecting the homefront and taking on men's duties like farming and keeping the books. This readable resource is enhanced with informative, captioned illustrations in full color and black and white. While not as extensive as Salmon's The Limits of Independence: American Women 1760-1800 (Oxford, 1994), this is still a good supplemental source to begin study on the history of women's rights in the U.S.Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA
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