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Wives of the Signers: The Women Behind the Declaration of Independence

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Originally penned in 1912, this historical reprint showcases individual portraits of the fiercely courageous women who endured tremendous hardship as their husbands fought to build an independent nation. women such as Abigail Adams, Dorothy Quincy Hancock, and Julia Stockton Rush contributed their wisdom,strength, and loyalty to the cause of the Revolution, shaping history ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published May 12th 2003 by Wallbuilder Press (first published May 10th 1997)
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Mar 16, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
I also liked this book--which I read in conjunction with Lives of the Signers. Unfortunately, there wasn't as much history recorded about the "ladies" and the book isn't very specific about some of their fates, characteristics, etc. One entry, on Button Gwinnet from Georgia, ends by stating that after he died (12 days after a duel) "Mrs. Gwinnet and her children soon followed him." (p.275) What sort of ending is that???? Did they starve to death? Die of illness? But, on the whole,I did learn qui ...more
Jul 18, 2010 goddess rated it liked it
Shelves: history, own
Pretty basic book relating some info of the wives of the signers. Some of them led extraordinary lives. Many suffered greatly as a result of the Declaration and ensuing war. It's nice to put some realness behind these patriots (both the signers and their wives). While this was a decent read, sometimes I felt like it spoke more of the signer himself rather than his wife (which understandably one has to learn about the signer to understand his wife's role).
Sep 04, 2010 Naomi rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. Part of the book read simply like a geneology chart, very matter of fact, while other wives expanded upon. I would have liked to have seen more on some of the wives who appeared to be as interesting as their husbands, though I am aware that this information may not exist.

I was reminded continuously throughout the book of the old adage "behind every strong man; there is a strong woman"
Feb 22, 2011 Celeste rated it liked it
I was really hoping to learn some interesting things about the women of the Revolutionary War period. But as usual, the author had very little historical accounts to base his book off since women weren't really written about or documented well during this part of history. But I do think these women were large supporters of the Declaration of Independence.
Feb 04, 2012 Amber rated it liked it
I love history. So this was a fun read for me. I would give the first half a four and the second a three. Only beacuse there wasn't a lot of detail about the lives of the women in the second half, it was more geneology. Interesting and quick read. I learned a lot about what the families really went through to begin the mold of what our country is today. So greatful for those early Americans.
Marie Palmer
Jul 21, 2008 Marie Palmer rated it really liked it
It was great that someone wrote this book despite the fact that it is very hard to find information on many woman from history (which I think was often because of their family's and society's high respect for them more than a lack of interest in recording their histories).
Dec 31, 2015 Lynne rated it liked it
This was an interesting book, however, there was very little information on the women except that they were proper wives, well educated etc. Quite often more information was given on their husbands. Some, such as Abigail Adams did have more info.
Lara Lazenby
Sep 11, 2010 Lara Lazenby rated it it was ok
Shelves: us-history
Textbook written in 1912. Most of the Founders and their families lost everything and many died early due to Tory persecution. Didn't learn that in school. Dry, factual read with occational bursts of wow. Needless to say, these women rocked!
Jul 02, 2010 Alicia rated it liked it
The author(s) didn't have very much information on these wonderful women so they put in short biography of their husbands. The book would've been much shorter without these.
Oct 10, 2010 Lifferth rated it liked it
I looked forward to learning of these women, and there were interesting facts in the book. However, it was a little like reading an encyclopedia and hard to get through.
Jan 21, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Now I love the signers even more! What a delight it is to know their wives a bit more. Great people with love of country!
Oct 06, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
I have loved reading about the tremendous women of this era in time
Mar 09, 2011 Jan rated it it was ok
Great history.
Robin Isham
I enjoyed reading about some very amazing ladies.
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Oct 15, 2016 Jen Kannenberg rated it liked it
Not much history about the wives to be told, unfortunately. Still, it was an interesting read.
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