Children's LiteratureThis beautifully written and effectively illustrated book chronicles the role that women played in America's revolutionary era. Beginning with a description of the political scene in general, the author then moves on to describe the role of women on the eve of the revolution. Even though women had limited educational opportunities because of the general opinion that they should be restricted to the home, not all women were passive homemakers during this time. They expressed, although sometimes hesitantly, their political views. They were instrumental in the success of the boycott of British goods, especially tea. Some women who lived on the frontier actively participated in the fighting. The author includes chapters about Native American women and African American women of this era. This is commendable because very often the impression is given that the only women around were the wives of white settlers. This book should be included in every upper elementary and middle school library to add depth to the study of the American Revolution and to give young girls a broader picture of the role of women in the formation of history. This book is one in the "Women in History" series. 2003, The Gale Group/Lucent Books, Ages 10 to 14.
Kathy Egner, Ph.D.