Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Ladies of Liberty

Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts; illustrated by Diane Goode. 2017. Pen, Sephid ink, Pan Pastels on Arches hot press watercolor paper.

Brief Summary: There is a letter of introduction explaining how the author referred to primary sources for her research–letters, records kept of organized societies or schools, journals, and books written by the women. Each one of the women has a two page spread with a drawing or two of her by the illustrator. The clothing and hair are that of the time period. There is a narrative biographical sketch of how the woman contributed to shaping the United States of America between 1796 and 1828. These women were educators, reformers, writers, religious organizers, explorers, settlers, and so on who were determined to make a difference.

Comments: These are woman who made a stepping stone and examples for others to follow with their commitment and grit. Companion to Found Mothers: Remembering the Ladies


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Elizabeth Started All the Trouble by Doreen Rappaport

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble by Doreen Rappaport

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble by Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Matt Faulkner. 2016.

Brief summary: This narrative nonfiction begins the women suffragists’ history with Abigail Adams urging her husband not to forget about the rights of the women when he and other men were drafting the Declaration of Independence and features other suffragists, women activists and women social reformers over the decades.

Comments: Sections in the back of the book include:  trailblazer biographies of some of the most famous women, important dates, selected research sources, websites, and author’s notes. This book could be used with intermediate, middle, and h.s. students for units of voting, women’s rights, and equality.