Remarkable true stories of the most amazing women in U.S. history. They were passionate and fearless, outspoken and adventurous. They negotiated peace treaties, fought wars, managed businesses and plantations, and spoke out against injustice. They were entrepreneurs, artists, and leaders. These Outrageous Women of Colonial America, with their daring exploits and brave deeds, won a place in history and helped forge a new country. Deborah Samson- the fearless Mass. servant girl who disguised herself as a man and ran away to become the first female soldier in America to fight in battle. Anne Bailey-the fiery 32-year-old widow who donned her husband's buckskin jacket and took his place scouting in the wilderness. Elizabeth " Mumbet" Freeman- a slave who won her freedom in a landmark court case in the 1780's, ditched the slave name her master had given her, and inspired others to follow in her footsteps. Peggy Arnold- the bold wife of Benedict Arnold who conspired with her notorious husband and became the highest paid spy of the American Revolution.
Delightful and inspiring tales of some of the most fascinating and awesome women of colonial times
American history is rife with stories of our founding fathers, but what of the women who lived and worked alongside these men? This fun and exciting book whisks young readers back to early America, introducing them to a refreshing assortment of brave and unique American women of colonial times. Readers will be amazed by the stories of such remarkable colonial women as Mumbet, a slave who won her freedom in a Massachusetts courtroom in the 1780s; Mercy Warren, whose passionate plays about the Revolution thrust her onto the theater scene as America's first female playwright; and Peggy Arnold, the wife of Benedict Arnold, who was as formidable a spy as her notorious husband. With these enlightening profiles, Mary Rodd Furbee brings these strong and influential women to life to encourage, inspire, and delight young readers.
Mary Rodd Furbee (Morgantown, WV) is a part-time writing and journalism instructor at West Virginia University School of Journalism and has written for many publications. She is the author of five children's books, including Anne Bailey, Frontier Scout; and Mary Ingles, Indian Captive.
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