Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation


Subjects: Civics, History, Social Studies
Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12
Source: History Classroom

Founding Mothers

Focusing mainly on the wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers of the Founding Fathers, this program chronicles the adventures and contributions of numerous women of the era between 1740 and 1797. While their men were away serving as soldiers, statesmen, or ambassadors, the women's lives were fraught with difficulty and danger. They managed property, and raised their children and often those of deceased relatives, while trying to make their own contributions to the cause of liberty. They acted as spies, coordinated boycotts, and raised funds for the army. Through it all, they corresponded with their husbands, friends, and even like-minded women in England.

60 minute runtime; 2 year copyright clearance.

March 5 at 6:00AM ET/PT


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