|Pages/Publication Date:||200 / 2005|
Often framed as the story of the Founding Fathers and the stalwart soldiers of the Continental Army, the American Revolution was by no means only a man's war. In this "splendid overview" (Booklist), Carol Berkin shows us how women played a vital role throughout the conflict, organizing boycotts of British goods, raising funds for the fledgling nation, managing the family business, and even working as spies and saboteurs while struggling to maintain a modicum of normalcy in the home. Yet Berkin also reveals that it was not just the men who took up arms, as in the story of Margaret Corbin, who fought valiantly at Fort Monmouth and was badly injured when she took her husband's place at a cannon. Fast-paced and filled with interesting figures, this incisive history illuminates a little-known side of the struggle for American independence.