Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
Cokie Roberts's #1 New York Times bestseller We Are Our Mothers Daughters examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second bestseller, From This Day Forward, written with her husband, Steve Roberts, described American marriages throughout history. Now Cokie returns with Founding Moth...more
In Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation Cokie Roberts often gets her facts slightly askew. That's not a good thing in a history book. It leads one to question the validity of everything the author says. If relaying factual information isn't the author's number one priority, it leads o...more
This book uncovers incredible stories of women running farms, businesses and families through the uncertain times of late colonial life. There are stories of women defending their homes from Loyalists, outwitting the British as spies and even fighting on the front lines.
Two famous women, Martha Washington and...more
I really liked the idea of this book--true stories, many taken from actual letters--about the women who were influential in early days of America. But the actual book is boring, and hard to get through. The book is organized by person, and not as much with a specific timeline, so I got confused with trying to keep track of the chronology. Sometimes the letters themselves can be a little boring, too. It seemed like the author was trying...more
The information and stories told were wonderful to learn. Cokie must have done a phenomenal amount of research and it showed. She included many letters and interspersed them in her narrative reasonably effectively.
I wish I could give...more
Having said that, I found this a hard book to read. I suppose every writer of history faces a decision about how to present the material. I was hoping for a set of mini-biographies...more
The book focuses on several women in history and how they inspired much of the history of our nation. In a way it is a “the women behind the famous men in history” type of book. Don’t get me wrong, it was interesting (at times) and somewhat relevant (at other times), but it did not give me any additional admiration for these women in history.
The history is entertaining and enlightening. Lots of stuff I didn't know. I especially liked the juicy bits. Unplanned pregnancies, scandalous affairs, wheelin' & dealin'. You know. The good stuff. I like the idea that these founding fathers and mothers were just like us. Sometimes...more
Pros: The women! I enjoyed learning about their lives and struggles.
Lots of stuff I never heard before. History class te...more
I learned A TON about Early American History--things you'd assume one already knew or understood--like how many years later the Constitution was written after the Declaration of Independence.
It also made me think about things I'd never considered--like what were the women doing and where were they while the men were writing the Constitution or while the men were slugging it out on the battle fields. (...more