Certainly, much attention is paid to the Founding Fathers, so how wonderful for bestselling author Cokie Roberts to have penned “Founding Mothers,” an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families–and their country–proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.
“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,” says Roberts. “Women fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men, often defending their very doorsteps.”
Drawing upon personal correspondence, private journals, and even favoured 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.
Scroll down for a couple quotes from each of these Truly Amazing Women.
“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.”
“I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.”
“And now, dear sister, I must leave this house or the retreating army will make me a prisoner in it by filling up the road I am directed to take.”
“It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people’s business.”
Mercy Otis Warren
“It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature, is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy.”
“Before this address to my countrymen is closed, I beg leave to observe, that as a new century has dawned upon us, the mind is naturally led ot contemplate the great events that have run parallel with and have just closed the last.”
“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”
“I live a very dull life here… indeed I think I am more like a state prisoner than anything else.”