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Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation [Children's Edition]

by Cokie Roberts

Other authors: Diane Goode (Illustrator)

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Summary- This book is about honoring the heroic women that have helped create the United States. There are many stories of different women and it showed the different stories of things they have accomplished.

Critique of Genre- This genre is both a biography and informational. It gives different real life events and information on how this country was made.

Age- 4th- 12th

Media- Pen, Sepia ink, pan pastels on arches hot press water color paper.
  DRhodes02 | Apr 19, 2017 |
News commentator and author Cokie Roberts, who has previously explored the history of American women in her Founding Mothers - both an adult and children's version were produced - returns to that topic in this follow up, which looks at the lives of notable women in the early days of the American republic. After a brief introduction and chronology, Roberts profiles ten women, including:

Lucy Terry Prince, an African-American who bought her own freedom, married fellow freedman Abijah Prince, who was a soldier in the Revolution, and worked and lived in Vermont and Massachusetts in the 18th century. Prince was the author of the first known poem by an African-American, "The Bars Fight," which chronicled an Indian attack on the settlers of Deerfield.

Judith Sargent Murray, an author who published numerous magazine articles which argued for the equality of men and women at a time when women could not vote, or own property once married. In her article "On the Equality of the Sexes," she argued that women were as intelligent as men, and would show the same abilities, if properly educated. Initially published under the pseudonym 'The Gleaner,' Murray's work was released under her own name when she decided to bring out a book.

Isabella Graham, a Scots-American widow who, knowing what it meant to be an impoverished woman struggling to raise children alone, founded a number of schools for girls, as well as The Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children, an organization still in operation in New York City today.

Sacajawea, a Shoshone Indian woman famous for guiding explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their westward expedition. Her knowledge of local terrain, bravery in the face of danger, and Shoshone connections all proved very useful to Lewis and Clark, who credited her with helping them to reach the Pacific.

Martha Jefferson Randolph, Thomas Jefferson's elder daughter, who was his life-long confidante, hostess and comforter. She ran the White House for her father during his presidency, and managed the plantation at Monticello for many years afterward. Martha's eighth child was the first White House baby, born while she was in residence.

Elizabeth Bayley Seton, a New York woman who married a wealthy merchant and had numerous children, before her husband's illness and financial losses greatly altered her circumstances. Seton converted to Catholicism after the death of her husband, opened a girls' school in Baltimore, and founded the first American order of nuns, The Sisters of Charity.

Louise D'Avezac Livingston, a French woman who fled her home on Hispaniola during the Haitian Revolution, eventually finding her way to New Orleans. Whilst there she met and married New Yorker Edward Livingston, who would go on to become Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson, as well as serve as America's ambassador to France. Livingston described the Battle of New Orleans in her letters, and was one of the country's first campaigners for the environment.

Rebecca Gratz, a beautiful and wealthy Jewish woman from Philadelphia, who worked to found numerous organizations to help the poor. Concerned when she realized that Jewish children were being taught Christianity in mainstream orphanages, she opened the first Jewish orphanage in the Americas, accepting children from all over the United States and Canada. Legend has it that Gratz was the inspiration for the character of Rebecca, in Sir Walter Scott's famous novel, Ivanhoe.

Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, a beautiful young socialite who, at the age seventeen was married to James Monroe, who would go on to become the fifth president of the United States. Whilst the Monroes were living in Paris, Mrs. Monroe is famous for having had a hand in freeing Mme. de Lafayette, driving to the Bastille where she was imprisoned and asking to see her.

And finally, Louisa Catherine Adams, a young English woman who married John Quincy Adams, son of second president John Adams and his wife Abigail, who was then living in England. Louisa followed her husband throughout his diplomatic career in various European countries, and once in the United States, actively worked, through her social engagements, to make him the sixth president.

As the brief profiles above make clear, these "Ladies of Liberty" were a fascinating bunch, many of them accomplishing important things and effecting lasting change through their various charitable activities. Roberts adapted this picture-book history from her longer work, of the same name, for adult readers, and she is to be commended for presenting such an array of mostly unknown women to her young readers, who might otherwise never have encountered them. The accompanying artwork by Diane Goode, who also illustrated the children's edition of Roberts' Founding Mothers, is engaging, bringing to life the historic figures under discussion in the text. Highly recommended to all young history lovers, and to anyone looking for juvenile titles dealing with women in history, or the early days of the American Republic. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Dec 31, 2016 |
Our group agreed that the gossipy tone grew wearisome. We learned a lot, but the book was plodding and took more effort to read than the previously read and much enjoyed Founding Mothers. We wanted more biographical information and less snippet-extracted-from-letters information. ( )
  Bibliofemmes | Jan 25, 2014 |
Cokie Roberts picks up where she left off in her previous book Founding Mothers, which I did not read. Using surviving correspondence letters, she weaves biographies of the women who helped shape our nation, beginning with Abigail Adams. She provides an enormous amount of detail which gets jumbled up with her habit of jumping from discussing one woman to another without a clean transition. Roberts also jumped time periods - for example she would detail one woman's life achievements until that woman's death and then go back to the year she was discussing. This led to confusion and periods of dullness in an otherwise informative book. ( )
  jayde1599 | Aug 10, 2010 |
The first book I read on my Kindle. I was so fascinated with my new toy that I missed some of the narrative. Ladies of Liberty takes up where Roberts’ previous book on famous early American women leaves off. John Adams’ wife continues to run the lives of both her husband, now a retired president, and her son, now an active politician. Dolly Madison shone in this book, as a negotiator and as a social network organizer. One gripe: I was dismayed to read about table settings and ladies’ dresses so frequently. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
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Companion volume to Founding Mothers.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006078234X, Hardcover)

In Founding Mothers, Cokie Roberts paid homage to the heroic women whose patriotism and sacrifice helped create a new nation. Now the number one New York Times bestselling author and renowned political commentator—praised in USA Today as a "custodian of time-honored values"—continues the story of early America's influential women with Ladies of Liberty. In her "delightfully intimate and confiding" style (Publishers Weekly), Roberts presents a colorful blend of biographical portraits and behind-the-scenes vignettes chronicling women's public roles and private responsibilities.

Recounted with the insight and humor of an expert storyteller and drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources—many of them previously unpublished—Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society. Almost every quotation here is written by a woman, to a woman, or about a woman. From first ladies to freethinkers, educators to explorers, this exceptional group includes Abigail Adams, Margaret Bayard Smith, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Catherine Adams, Eliza Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Rebecca Gratz, Louisa Livingston, Rosalie Calvert, Sacajawea, and others. In a much-needed addition to the shelves of Founding Father literature, Roberts sheds new light on the generation of heroines, reformers, and visionaries who helped shape our nation, giving these ladies of liberty the recognition they so greatly deserve.

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Shares the stories of remarkable women who shaped American history between 1796 and 1828, including Dolley Madison, Theodosia Burr, and Sacajawea.

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