President's Distinguished Speakers Series: Author Cokie Roberts


History lauds the men who fought to forge America’s identity as a democratic society, but little is written about the bold and brilliant women who worked beside them under dire circumstances. From the hearthside to the front lines, the wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of the Founding Fathers were enterprising and unyielding in their efforts to support the Revolution – from running farms and businesses to raising money for troops and fighting alongside them in battle. Why, then, do the Founding Fathers get all the credit?

In both the adult and illustrated children’s versions of her bestselling book, “Founding Mothers,” acclaimed journalist and author Cokie Roberts puts the spotlight on the leading ladies of the American Revolution, weaving together anecdotes, diary excerpts, letters and her own insight and commentary to paint a compelling portrait of well-known women from Abigail Adams and Martha Washington to lesser-known figures like Catharine Littlefield Greene and Sally Livingston Jay. The result is a fresh look at the women who, despite an uncertain future and limited personal prospects, believed in the democratic ideal and provided steady guidance to a nation reborn.

In observance of Women’s History Month, please join the University community to celebrate the courage and commitment of the Founding Mothers with Cokie Roberts. A book signing will immediately follow the event.

The event will be held in the University’s Campus Recreation Center Gymnasium. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call 401-254-3154.


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