Women patriots of the American Revolution : a biographical dictionary /
by Charles E. Claghorn.
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1991.
xviii, 499 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0810824213 (alk. paper)
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Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1991.
0810824213 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. xv-xviii).
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-03:
Women, only recently "discovered" in history, now have their own Revolutionary War biographical dictionary. Compiled from more than 60 sources, it contains 5,000 entries in three parts: background; 600 biographies, with sources; and brief listings of all entries. Unfortunately there is a puzzling omission regarding criteria for inclusion. Claghorn (Florida Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution) gives no indication of why a woman might receive a biographical sketch rather than a brief listing nor does he tell us why one source is cited and preferred over another source. In the entry for Deborah Sampson Gannett, Claghorn cites three sources and yet omits what appears to be the major one, Elizabeth Evans's Weathering the Storm: Women of the American Revolution (1975), although it is one of his 60 sources. The researcher looking for interpretative historical information, rather than uncritical biographical sketches, would be better served by Women in the Age of the American Revolution, ed. by R. Hoffman and P.J. Albert (CH, Mar'90) or Mary Beth Norton's Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800 (CH, Oct'80). Undergraduates will, however, find useful information here.-S. L. Fales, Brigham Young University
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...a great service...
...a remarkable tribute to the courage of our forebears...
...a significant achievement.
...destined to become an important addition to historical and genealogical libraries throughout America.
...useful information...
...a valuable tool for students of genealogy and women's history.
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Reference & Research Book News, February 1992
Choice, March 1992
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Long Description
Biographies of 600 women who performed patriotic acts.
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This book contains the biographies of 600 women who performed patriotic acts. Some of these women rode on horseback to warn the Americans of a British attack; a few carried muskets; many were captured by Indians; many had husbands or sons who were killed or taken as prisoners. These women spun flax, made shirts, knitted socks, cooked food, or nursed the soldiers, and some spied for the Americans. With a list of 4,500 additional women who suffered damage from the British or provided provisions for the troops.

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