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Revolutionary Mothers: Women and the Struggle for American Independence

Molly Pitcher firing cannon at Battle of Monmouth
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Molly Pitcher firing cannon at Battle of Monmouth

In her book, Revolutionary Mothers: Women and the Struggle for American Independence (2015, Knopf) Dr. Carol Berkin makes the argument that the American Revolution is a story of both women and men. Women played an active and vital role in the war; although history books have often greatly minimized or completely left out the contributions of women in the creation of our nation, or greatly romanticized their role.

Dr. Berkin talks with Dr. Edgar about the role of Colonial white women, Native Americans, and African-Americans in war.

Broadcast Sept 17, 2016

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.