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Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Roberts, Cokie
ISBN: 0060782358     ISBN-13: 9780060782351
Publisher: Perennial
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2009
Annotation: In "Founding Mothers," Roberts paid homage to the women who helped establish America. Now she continues the story of more remarkable women and their achievements in moving the fledgling nation forward, from the election of John Adams in 1796 to the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Women; United States; Biography.
Women; United States; History; 18th century.
Women; United States; History; 19th century.
BISAC Categories:
- Social Science | Women's Studies
- History | United States | Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Dewey: 973.09/9
LCCN: bl2009008662
Lexile Measure: 1300
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.90 lbs) 481 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
In "Founding Mothers," Cokie Roberts paid homage to the heroic women whose patriotism and sacrifice helped create a new nation. Now the number one "New York Times" bestselling author and renowned political commentator--praised in "USA Today" as a "custodian of time-honored values"--continues the story of early America's influential women with "Ladies of Liberty," In her "delightfully intimate and confiding" style ("Publishers Weekly"), Roberts presents a colorful blend of biographical portraits and behind-the-scenes vignettes chronicling women's public roles and private responsibilities.

Recounted with the insight and humor of an expert storyteller and drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources--many of them previously unpublished--Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society. Almost every quotation here is written by a woman, to a woman, or about a woman. From first ladies to freethinkers, educators to explorers, this exceptional group includes Abigail Adams, Margaret Bayard Smith, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Catherine Adams, Eliza Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Rebecca Gratz, Louisa Livingston, Rosalie Calvert, Sacajawea, and others. In a much-needed addition to the shelves of Founding Father literature, Roberts sheds new light on the generation of heroines, reformers, and visionaries who helped shape our nation, giving these ladies of liberty the recognition they so greatly deserve.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)
In this entertaining follow-up to 2004's Founding Mothers: The Women who Raised Our Nation, Roberts recounts the lives of first ladies, and their associates, from the John and Abigail Adams White House up through Monroe's 1818-1825 term. Though it's well known women at the time couldn't vote or own property, it's surprising how respected, and influential, Roberts's subjects were. As sitting President, Thomas Jefferson "urged all the ‘heads of departments' in Washington" to read Mercy Warren's history of the American Revolution, which prompted Alexander Hamilton to declare, "[f]emale genius in the United States has outstripped the male." Other intriguing figures include Louisa Catherine Adams, wife to John Quincy, whose story takes her into the court-life of Russia and Austria; the sociable Dolley Payne Madison, known affectionately as "Queen Dolley"; Elizabeth Monroe, a staid (and sickly) return to formality; and a host of children, acquaintances, advisors and socialites (including Federalist Rosalie Stier Calvert and Republican Margaret Bayard Smith, whose letters "often read as a political point counterpoint").While Roberts' aim is to see the period from her subjects' point of view, she is not uncritical; for instance, Roberts casts blame on Mrs. Adams's uncompromising partisanship "in the undoing of her husband." With a little-seen perspective and fascinating insight into the culture of the day, this is popular history done right. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.