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Women of the American Revolution (Hardback)

Military > Pre-WWI > American History P&S History > By Century > 18th Century Women of History

By Samantha Wilcoxson
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399001007
Published: 16th September 2022

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Women of the American Revolution will explore the trials of war and daily life for women in the United States during the War for Independence. What challenges were caused by the division within communities as some stayed loyal to the king and others became patriots? How much choice did women have as their loyalties were assumed to be that of their husbands or fathers? The lives of women of the American Revolution will be examined through an intimate look at some significant women of the era. Some names will be familiar, such as Martha Washington who travelled to winter camps to care for her husband and rally the troops or Abigail Adams who ran the family’s farms and raised children during John’s long absences. Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton is popular for her role in Hamilton the musical, but did you know she was also an early activist working tirelessly for multiple social causes? Decide for yourself if the espionage of Agent 355 or the ride of Sybil Ludington are history or myth. Not all American women served the side of the revolutionaries. Peggy Shippen gambled on the loyalist side and paid severe consequences. From early historian Mercy Otis Warren to Dolley Madison, who defined what it means to be a US First Lady, women of the American Revolution strived to do more than they had previously thought possible during a time of hardship and civil war.

This was a great read! I really enjoyed learning more about the women who shaped our country in the early days, during the American fight for independence. We hear and learn so much about the men, but what these women contributed is just as important.

NetGalley, Rae Nason

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love Samantha Wilcoxson’s historical fiction work. Therefore, I was eager to read her nonfiction work. The Women of the Revolution is a comprehensive account of the roles various women played during the American Revolution. This book is a must-rad for fans of Founding Mothers!

NetGalley, Lauralee Jacks

A simply fascinating, comprehensive, and informative study, "Women of the American Revolution" by Samantha Wilcoxson is a factual history that reads with the narrative style of a deftly crafted historical novel. Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of eighteen pages of Notes, a two page Bibliography, and a three page Index, "Women of the American Revolution" is unreservedly recommended for community and academic library American History and Women's History collections.

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Midwest Book Review

Women of the American Revolution by Samantha Wilcoxson is an informative and entertaining read. I loved this book! And I learned so much! I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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History...The Interesting Bits!

Women of the American Revolution is a cool look at women who made a difference during the American Revolution. I'll admit that at first, I thought I wouldn't walk away from this book thinking it was any different from all the other books on women in the American Revolution that are out there, but I was really impressed! I love being put in my place like this! Agent 355 is a woman whose story especially stood out to me, and I agree with the other reviewers that I think she was real. (I at least hope that she was!). Samantha Wilcoxson handles the subject matter with love, and it's clear that she cares about the women whose stories she tells. I recommend this book, especially for people who like learning about history of the unsung!

NetGalley, Marisa Balatico

I enjoyed the book and found it well written and balanced but also it helped me learn more about people I hadn’t known about. A good thought out read.

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The History Fella

A well-written, well-researched and very informative book. Recommended.

NetGalley, Wendy M Rhodes

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Samantha Wilcoxson's elegant and flowing prose makes these courageous American women come to life. They include the well-known ones like stoic Abigail Adams, altruistic Elizabeth Hamilton and vivacious Dolley Madison, who transformed the position of First Lady. There are also the mythical women, such as Agent 355. Wilcoxson also covers the famous traitor Peggy Arnold, and her devious plans and strange relationship with Captain Andre. Most of these women led quite tragic lives, having to endure the deaths of husbands and children. Often they also had fierce political rivalries and scandals to contend with, as well.

Anyone who is interested in American history will enjoy this entertaining book. I especially enjoyed reading about Dolley Madison, who threw off her Quaker heritage, to dress in the latest French fashions, and become a society lady.

NetGalley, Lisa Sanderson

If you are looking for an introduction to women of the era, this would be a fantastic starting place.

NetGalley, Leah H

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a fascinating insight into the women of the American revolution. It is incredibly well written and there is plenty of information about each woman.

NetGalley, Laura Fayle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book looks at the Women of the American Revolutions and the role they played. And after reading this one, I'm convinced hat Agent 355 isn't a myth that she was indeed a female spy who was good at what she did hence the reason she never got caught and why we never learned who she was.. And the ride of Sybil Ludington also wasn't a myth I just think she just go overshadowed by Paul Reeve. Because the daughters of military members have always been tough.

NetGalley, Carissa Miller

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book a lot. It is really stuffed full with history and I honestly could not put it down. The author seemed to do a very good job with research and I absolutely loved learning about the women who helped with the Revolutionary War.

NetGalley, Heather Michael

About Samantha Wilcoxson

Samantha Wilcoxson is an author of historical fiction and administrator of a history blog. She has written four full-length novels, three novellas, and two middle grade chapter books. Topics of her writing have ranged from the Wars of the Roses to America’s Civil Rights Movement. Samantha is passionate about history and exploring the personal side of events. In her writing, she urges the reader to truly experience what it might have felt like to live through a moment in history. Samantha’s most recent novel is biographical fiction featuring Catherine Donohue, one of America’s “radium girls.” She is currently working on a novelization of the life of Nathan Hale, and features in Hauntings, an anthology published by the Historical Writers Forum.

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