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Southwest Book Club Meets March 3

ladies of liberty.jpgfounding mothers.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library. The book club is celebrating National Women's History Month by discussing two books by Cokie Roberts, Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised our Nation and Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped our Nation. These books shed new light on the generations of heroines, reformers and visionaries from the Revolutionary era through 1828 who helped raise and shape our nation. Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a new nation and a better society.

Copies of this book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. Why do you suppose the contributions of women in the Revolutionary era and in the early days of our nation have been largely overlooked by historians?

2. Despite a lack of legal and social rights, including the right to own property and receive a formal education, how did the women presented in Robert's books assert their authority and exercise their intelligence?

3. By telling the stories of our Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, these books also shed light on the men of the time. Did you learn anything new about these men, such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson seeing them from the perspective of their female contemporaries?

4. Can you reference examples from the books that show how integral it was for the women to be able to step in and "calm down the men," or even to act as intermediaries?

5. Cokie Roberts intersperses her thoughts and commentary throughtout the book. Does this enhance the narrative? In what ways?

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