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Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation [Hardcover]

By Cokie Roberts (Author)
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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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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and drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources--many of them previously unpublished--Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society.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.

From Publishers Weekly
In this entertaining follow-up to 2004s Founding Mothers: The Women who Raised Our Nation, Roberts recounts the lives of first ladies, and their associates, from the John and Abigail Adams White House up through Monroes 1818-1825 term. Though its well known women at the time couldnt vote or own property, its surprising how respected, and influential, Robertss subjects were. As sitting President, Thomas Jefferson urged all the heads of departments in Washington to read Mercy Warrens history of the American Revolution, which prompted Alexander Hamilton to declare, [f]emale genius in the United States has outstripped the male. Other intriguing figures include Louisa Catherine Adams, wife to John Quincy, whose story takes her into the court-life of Russia and Austria; the sociable Dolley Payne Madison, known affectionately as Queen Dolley; Elizabeth Monroe, a staid (and sickly) return to formality; and a host of children, acquaintances, advisors and socialites (including Federalist Rosalie Stier Calvert and Republican Margaret Bayard Smith, whose letters often read as a political point counterpoint).While Roberts aim is to see the period from her subjects point of view, she is not uncritical; for instance, Roberts casts blame on Mrs. Adamss uncompromising partisanship in the undoing of her husband. With a little-seen perspective and fascinating insight into the culture of the day, this is popular history done right. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Library Journal - 05/26/2008
  • Reference and Research Bk News - 02/01/2009 page 69
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books - 03/23/2009 page 21

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Item Specifications...

Studio: William Morrow
Pages   481
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  006078234X  
ISBN13  9780060782344  

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More About Cokie Roberts

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Cokie Roberts is coanchor of the ABC news program This Week and an ABC special correspondent covering politics, Congress, and public policy; she also serves as a news analyst for National Public Radio. In addition, she and her husband write a weekly column syndicated in major newspapers across the country. Their book, From This Day Forward, is available from Brilliance Audio. Roberts has won many awards, including an Emmy and the coveted Edward R. Morrow award. She lives in Washington D.C.

Cokie Roberts currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Women
2Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > 19th Century > Antebellum
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4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Womens Studies > General
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Womens Studies > History
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > Womens Issues

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Reviews - What do customers think about Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation?

Ladies of Liberty  May 18, 2010
I'm reading this book now...and it could be about the government today...It is very very interesting..."good old days" no way. This is a book I will pass around but intend to keep
The book came quickly and in great condition...
Ladies of Liberty  Apr 26, 2010
This should be a must read for all American females. As Harry Truman said, "there is nothing new in the world, except the history you do not know." Little has been written about the important role women played in the development of our country, but Cokie Roberts is changing that. I would recommend reading her "Founding Mothers" as a prelude to this one.
The "Better Half" of History  Apr 17, 2010
What's in the history textbooks is something less than half the story. To read the words of the American Founding Fathers one would think they lived on the giddy heights of lofty philosophy. One gets a more complete and human view of them from their wives, daughters and mothers.

In addition to putting human flesh on the marble statues, this book fleshes out our understanding of how woman shaped this country even when lacking the right to vote. Women were long the social conscience of America, creating organizations to help the destitute, shelter orphans and abolish slavery. These experiences lead women to agitate for direct political power. What I found amazing was that many of these female-sponsored organizations required the treasurer to be an unmarried woman. Due to the draconian property laws of the era, husbands had access to all a wife's assets and it seemed the men had no scruples regarding stealing this money also!

I read with outrage and a certain sense of recognition about how one session of Congress ended and all the politicians returned home, leaving behind dozens of illegitimate children which the good women of Washington had to find space for in an orphanage. It seems even then Congress was fond of unfunded mandates!

Dolley Madison is widely admired for her bravery in sticking by the White House as the British advanced on Washington and for her rescue of the portrait of George Washington. However, this book shows her in all her glory as a Washington hostess when it was observed of her that she had done such a good job she should be returned for a second term.

And I fell in love with Louisa Johnson Adams, wife to John Q. Adams. While he engaged in various diplomatic missions around Europe, she had to pack up herself and her small child and get from Moscow to Paris to rejoin him. Napoleon had just escaped from Elba; all Europe was in a ferment with armies and brigands infesting the roads. Louisa's adventures and resource read like the enthralling chapters of a historical romance.

Aaron Burr, the black sheep among the Founding Fathers, is redeemed because he had a daughter he doted on and took pains to educate. The book leaves us with the mystery of her disappearance...this and the stories of many other women set this sprightly history apart. The best history goes beyond "the lives of great men" to give us the sense of how ordinary people lived; here is the common wisdom of the era just after the American Revolution, along with the gossip, the personalities, the sorrows and joys. Highly recommended for history buffs and those idiots who argue "Why are there no great women __________?"

Who knew Cokie Roberts couldn't write?  Nov 13, 2009
I always like listening to Cokie Roberts on NPR. She sounds so level-headed and reasonable. Either Cokie can't write, or her publisher has cut back on copyeditors.

On page 362 is this: "When the Troy Female Seminary opened in September 1821 and attracted young women from around the country, as Emma Willard's plan circulated, even enjoying publication in Europe." Where's the subject? Where's the verb? This is nothing but a string of dependent clauses and a participial phrase. Who can make sense of it?

Within a few pages are the following:
"After a [sic] more than a two month voyage . . ."
"one horse town"
"twenty two"
"thirty eight"
Somebody has absolutely no idea what to do with hyphens, scattering them randomly and missing several.

Page 371: "Politicians could count on seeing each other at the Adams's . . ." Well, no, "the Adamses'" is what's needed here. I wonder who "the Adams" would be? Two guys named Adam living together?

I gave this two stars only because I like Cokie.
Lots of History  Sep 25, 2009
Cokie Roberts includes many interesting facts about important women in the early days of our democracy and you will like it if you want to hear about etiquette, fashion, the growth of women's ideas and influence, but you'd better really like to read history since it tells all about the leaders and wars of 1812-1815, everything they thought, did, and had for breakfast.

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