Founding Mothers

Remembering the Ladies (2014)
Founding Mothers


Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies is the children's illustrated version of Cokie Robert's adult book Founding Mothers: the Women who Shaped Our Nation.  The book begins with a timeline showing America's history from 1765 with the Stamp Act to 1815 and the end of the War of 1812.  There are ten two-page spreads about women who were influential during these years.  Some were well known, such as Martha Washington and Dolley Madison, but others I knew nothing about, such as Esther DeBerdt Reed, a woman who raised over $300,000 for the American troops, or Mercy Otis Warren, a woman who wrote plays, poems, and letters about the Revolution.  There are other sections with brief mentions of brave women such as Deborah Sampson, who fought alongside the men, and Lydia Darragh, who hid messages to General Washington in her son's buttons.  There are links at the end of the book for students who wish to learn more about each of these founding mothers.

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