Women Heroes of the American Revolution (Hardcover)

20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue (Women of Action)

By Susan Casey

Chicago Review Press, 9781613745830, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (7/1/2017)

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When you think of the American Revolution, perhaps you envision the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s infamous ride, or George Washington crossing the Delaware River. But there are many other, lesser-known stories of the war that engulfed women’s lives as it did the lives of their fathers, husbands, and sons. Some women served as spies, nurses, and water carriers; some helped as fundraisers, writers, and couriers; and still others functioned as resistors, rescuers, and—surprisingly—even soldiers. Most often, their names did not make it into history books.
In Women Heroes of the American Revolution, these fascinating women step into the spotlight they deserve. You’ll learn about such brave rebels as Martha Bratton, who blew up a supply of gunpowder to keep it out of the hands of approaching British troops and boldly claimed, “It was I who did it!”; 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, who rode her horse Star twice as far as the legendary Paul revere did in order to help her father, Colonel Ludington, muster his scattered troops to fight the British; and Deborah Sampson Gannett, who bound her chest, dressed as a man, enlisted in the Continental Army as Robert Shurtliff, and served undetected for three years alongside her fellow soldiers.
These and 17 other inspiring stories of women and girls contributing to our nation’s independence are recounted through energetic narrative and revealing letters and documents that allow us to hear the voices of the women themselves and those who knew and admired them. 

About the Author

Susan Casey is the author of Kids Inventing! and Women Invent! and a journalist whose work has appeared in Fast Company, Family Circle, Women’s Sports, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Praise For Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue (Women of Action)

“A fine, useful resource for students of American history.” —Booklist

“This well-researched book sheds light on lesser known women of this period and is an excellent way to incorporate diversity into the curriculum.” —School Library Journal

"Helpful, sometimes-humorous touches include explanations of archaic activities, lifestyles and social mores; well-documented primary and secondary sources; and clear instructions on how to read a political cartoon. A good starting point for further research." —Kirkus Reviews

"It is a fascinating little book that anyone interested in the history of women and/or the American Revolution should read.” —History and Other Thoughts

"A wonderful read. These are great stories that girls especially will love." —Cecelia Holland, author of The Secret Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

"These women did not hesitate, but acted with bravery and resourcefulness, sharing whatever resources and skills they possessed in the fight for independence, just as the men did. Women Heroes of the American Revolution opens our understanding and imagination concerning the people who birthed this nation. —Mary Cronk Farrell, author of Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific

"They look so quaint, the 18th-century engravings and images so generously included in this splendid book. Envisioning those real, long-gone humans requires empathetic imagination. But it's a rewarding, inspiring effort, well aided by Ms. Casey's straightforward, easygoing way of telling their stories." —Cheryl Harness, author of Mary Walker Wears the Pants and Flags Over America