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Women in the Age of the American Revolution

Women in the Age of the American Revolution

by Ronald Hoffman, Peter J. Albert (Editor)

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The dozen articles in this anthology, one in the ``Perspectives on the American Revolution'' series issued by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, are on the cutting edge of the field of early American women's history. Linda Kerber, introducing the collection, shows how the study of women leads to a profound reinterpretation of the Revolution. Five solid contributions investigate women's control over inheritance, property, and capital. Two authors look at white women, in a religious context in New England and a family setting in the Chesapeake. Two others survey blacks, including a long and subtle analysis of Phillis Wheatley's poetry by David Grimsted. One of the best selections, by Marylynn Salmon, treats legal changes. Mary Beth Norton sums up and points the way for future researchers. Each of these articles could stand alone in the best of journals; their easy availability here is a boon to scholars.-- Harry W. Fritz, Univ. of Montana, Missoula
An overview essay is followed by studies of women's property--holding and the changing patterns of female inheritance; the political and religious roles of women in Revolutionary New England; the lives of three women from a prominent Maryland family; black women of this era. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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University of Virginia Press
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U. S. Capitol Historical Society, Perspectives on the American Revolution Ser.
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6.05(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.49(d)

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