While much has been written about
the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, battled the British, and
framed the Constitution, the wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters they left
behind have been little noticed by history. Roberts brings us the women who
fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men, often defending their very
doorsteps. While the men went off to war or to Congress, the women managed
their businesses, raised their children, provided them with political advice,
and made it possible for the men to do what they did. The behind the scenes
influence of these women, and their sometimes very public activities, was
intelligent and pervasive.
Drawing upon personal
correspondence, private journals, and even favored recipes, Roberts reveals the
often surprising stories of these fascinating women, bringing to life the
everyday trials and extraordinary triumphs of individuals like Abigail Adams,
Mercy Otis Warren, Deborah Read Franklin, Eliza Pinckney, Catherine Littlefield
Green, Esther DeBerdt Reed, and Martha Washington, proving without our
exemplary women, the new country might never have survived.
Social history at its best, Founding
Mothers unveils the drive, determination, creative insight, and passion of
the other patriots, the women who raised our nation. Roberts proves beyond a
doubt that like every generation of American women that has followed, the
founding mothers used the unique gifts of their gender, courage, pluck,
sadness, joy, energy, grace, sensitivity, and humor, to do what women do best,
put one foot in front of the other in remarkable circumstances and carry on. Download and start listening now!