The Story of 8 Remarkable Women at the Core of the American Revolution
By Melissa Lukeman Bohrer
published by Simon &
Schuster/Atria Books (
Hardcover and Trade Paperback editions)
The heroism of the females of the American Revolution has gone from memory with the generation that witnessed it and nothing, absolutely nothing, remains upon the ear of the young of the present day.
--Charles Francis Adams
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin—these are the names we typically associate with the American Revolution. But was American History solely written by men? Were there no influential women? No women who had an impact on the founding of America in its crucial, formative years, in its fight for independence? Indeed, there were—although their contributions have been overlooked or ignored for over 200 years. Until now.
Glory, Passion, and Principle is an extraordinary journey through revolutionary America as seen from a woman’s perspective. Here are the lesser-known stories of eight influential females who fought for freedom—for their country and themselves—at all costs. Whether advising prominent male leaders in political theory (Abigail Adams), using their pens as swords (Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren), acting as military spies (Sybil Ludington, Lydia Darragh), or going to battle (Molly Pitcher, Deborah Sampson, Nancy Ward), these women broke free of the limitations imposed upon them, much as our forefathers did by resisting British rule upon American soil. . . and lay the groundwork for the United States as we know it today.