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The Resource To be useful to the world : women in revolutionary America, 1740-1790, Joan R. Gundersen

To be useful to the world : women in revolutionary America, 1740-1790, Joan R. Gundersen

Label
To be useful to the world : women in revolutionary America, 1740-1790
Title
To be useful to the world
Title remainder
women in revolutionary America, 1740-1790
Statement of responsibility
Joan R. Gundersen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Gundersen's analysis benefits from two decades of scholarly research into the lives of colonial women. Her vivid account synthesizes the work of her colleagues and brings an essential multicultural perspective to the discussion. She examines the lives of African women brought as slaves to the colonies and their American-born descendants, as well as of Native American women. Gundersen also extends the parameters of her study to include the decades that bracketed the Revolution, framing her argument around three generations of women in three households. To be Useful to the World opens with engaging accounts of three women: Elizabeth Porter, a Virginian of the small-planter class whose household includes her extended family and several slaves; Deborah Franklin, the Philadelphian wife of Benjamin Franklin; and Margaret Brant, an Iroquois woman whose family became British allies during the Revolutionary War. Through her examination of these women's lives, Gundersen illustrates the diversity of the colonial experience for women as well as the trends that crossed ethnic and class boundaries. She then follows the lives of these women's daughters through the years of the Revolution and closes her account with their granddaughters, who began their lives in post Revolutionary America. In presenting these daughters of the Revolution, Gundersen finds that while the Revolution provided opportunities for some women it also restricted the lives of others in a give and take resulting from the integrated yet divergent communities that made up the new world. This lucid account brings to life the experience of women during a period of war and profound change, a period that continues to shape American thought and culture to the present
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DLC
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Gundersen, Joan R
Dewey number
973.3/082
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E276
LC item number
.G86 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
American women, 1600-1900
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women
  • United States
  • United States
Label
To be useful to the world : women in revolutionary America, 1740-1790, Joan R. Gundersen
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-261) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The worlds of their mothers -- Women on the move -- The silken cord -- Mistress and servant -- Dutiful daughters and independent minds -- Sisters of the spirit -- "An injurious and ill judging world" -- The garden within -- Daughters of liberty -- Mothers of the Republic
Control code
35305090
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xv, 273 pages
Isbn
9780805799163
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96036313
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
To be useful to the world : women in revolutionary America, 1740-1790, Joan R. Gundersen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-261) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The worlds of their mothers -- Women on the move -- The silken cord -- Mistress and servant -- Dutiful daughters and independent minds -- Sisters of the spirit -- "An injurious and ill judging world" -- The garden within -- Daughters of liberty -- Mothers of the Republic
Control code
35305090
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xv, 273 pages
Isbn
9780805799163
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96036313
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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