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Ladies of Liberty by Cokie Roberts
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Jan 26, 09

bookshelves: nonfiction
Recommended to Trina by: NPR
Recommended for: Heather Cummins, Leah Walker, Cindy Wilson
Read in January, 2009

I loved this book and it's unique portrayal of political events post-Revolutionary War through the war of 1812 via the eyes of the prominant women of the time. Roberts quotes extensively from the women who wrote about current events and I was captivated. There's nothing like reading Louisa and John Quincy Adam's letters to each other to feel how real these people were and to get a sense of what it was like to live during those times. It was what I love most about history: a feeling of being connected with real people that lived through historic times. Dolley Madison is now on my list of top ten people I hope to meet someday. The book is literally filled, page after page, with vibrant, strong and articulate women whose influence was undeniably great even during times when they weren't officially allowed a political voice. This book is a sequel (I discovered that after I checked it out) and I will gladly put the first (Founding Mothers) on hold next.
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