What did Deborah Littlefield Greene have to do with the cotton gin? Only 1 way to find out.

Summary:

It wasn't only the men who were fighting against British rule in what we call the Colonial Era. Readers may be familiar with the stories of Dolley Madison and Martha Washington, but there were many other women - from "citizens" to slaves who helped build this country in the mid-1700s and early 1800s. While their backgrounds were varied - business owners, writers, seamstresses - but to a woman they were thoughtful, visionary leaders ahead of their time. 

  • Eliza Lucas Pinckney, who set up a school to educate slaves on her father's three plantations/
  • Phillis Wheatley, who was born a slave but was freed and rose to be an internationally celebrated poet.
  • Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man (named Robert Shurtleff) and fought alongside the men. 
  • Catharine Littlefield Greene, who is believed to have given Eli Whitney the money to invent his cotton gin.

Parent Perspective:
The two-page stories of the women in this book seem short, but they are packed with interesting information about these amazing, mostly unheard-of women. It was interesting how many times George Washington's name came up. From wanting to meet Phillis Wheatley to helping Catharine Greene get the money she was owed from the government. It isn't clear whether Roberts (author) had an agenda, but there are also numerous references to these women's role as sought-out counselors to men, whether familial, marital, or community-wide.

Although I enjoyed it, the book strikes me as something that is best suited for an elementary or middle school library. It would be a nice "starter" choice for someone looking to write an essay or research paper about an inspirational person. There isn't enough in this book, but there is enough to pick the subject. 


Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a series of biographies about women of the Colonial period in US history.
Educational Themes:

This is a good choice when you need to learn more about people and history. It is perfect for those looking for inspiration on a subject to study more deeply.

Reading Level:
6.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Interesting and definitely worth a read, just more "research" than story.

Title Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
Author Cokie Roberts
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2014
Illustrators Diane Goode
ISBN 9780060780029
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Biography, History
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