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Women of Colonial America

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Women of Colonial America

13 Stories of Courage and Survival in the New World

An authentic, rich tapestry of women's lives in colonial America

Using a host of primary sources, author Brandon Marie Miller recounts the roles, hardships, and daily lives of Native American, European, and African women in 17th- and 18th-century colonial America. Hard work proved a constant for most women—they ensured their family's survival through their skills while others sold their labor or lived in bondage as indentured servants and slaves. Elizabeth Ashbridge survived an abusive indenture to become a Quaker preacher, Anne Bradstreet penned epic poetry while raising eight children in the wilderness, Anne Hutchinson went toe-to-toe with Puritan authorities, Margaret Hardenbroeck Philipse built a trade empire in New Amsterdam, and Martha Corey lost her life in the vortex of Salem's witch hunt. With strength, courage, resilience, and resourcefulness, these women and many others played a vital role in the mosaic of life in colonial America.

An authentic, rich tapestry of women's lives in colonial America

Using a host of primary sources, author Brandon Marie Miller recounts the roles, hardships, and daily lives of Native American, European, and African women in 17th- and 18th-century colonial America. Hard work proved a constant for most women—they ensured their family's survival through their skills while others sold their labor or lived in bondage as indentured servants and slaves. Elizabeth Ashbridge survived an abusive indenture to become a Quaker preacher, Anne Bradstreet penned epic poetry while raising eight children in the wilderness, Anne Hutchinson went toe-to-toe with Puritan authorities, Margaret Hardenbroeck Philipse built a trade empire in New Amsterdam, and Martha Corey lost her life in the vortex of Salem's witch hunt. With strength, courage, resilience, and resourcefulness, these women and many others played a vital role in the mosaic of life in colonial America.

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  • Brandon Marie Miller is the author of Benjamin Franklin, American Genius; George Washington for Kids; and Women of the Frontier. She has received a dozen national awards for her writing. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 30, 2015
    In this addition to the Women of Action series, Miller (Women of the Frontier) examines European, indigenous, and African women who lived, worked, and raised families in colonial America. Familiar individuals like Pocahontas and poet Anne Bradstreet appear alongside lesser-known women, such as Martha Corey, who was accused of witchcraft and hanged, and Christina Campbell and Jane Vobe, successful tavern owners at a time when few women owned property. Other chapters focus on broader topics like the rigid societal and marital expectations for women and the lives of indentured servants in the colonies. Miller maintains a balance between objective historical accounts and personal biographies, offering insight into what it meant to be a woman in America’s fledgling days. Ages 12–up.

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    "a valuable and entertaining resource for both budding historians and those seeking biographical information on a few of the many nearly forgotten women of that time."

  • Publishers Weekly

    "[Author Brandon Marie] Miller maintains a balance between objective historical accounts and personal biographies."

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