Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin. ★★★
Revolutionary Mothers is an overview of the role women played in the revolutionary war. Since it was a home front war, American women were very close with the events. Among other roles, some acted as spies or messengers, organized funds for the troops, took care of homes and businesses while the men were away, or were actively involved in battles.
Revolutionary Mothers is a short, fairly general overview of the topic at hand. I think it is most suitable as supplemental material for a history course or as an introduction to the topic. I would have appreciated more depth to some sections, but perhaps the material was too scarce for this to be possible.
Because of this, the book does not have much of a narrative structure and I found it hard to retain interest while reading. That being said, Berkin’s prose is easy to grasp. She never ventures into the territory of academic jargon.
Of all the chapters, I found the one on Native American women to be the most enthralling. The material Berkin presents was entirely new to me, and I had never seen it covered in any of the numerous United States history courses I’ve taken over the years.
I would recommend Revolutionary Mothers for people looking to learn about women’s role in the Revolutionary war and how the war impacted women.