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These Fiery Frenchified Dames: Women and Political Culture in Early National Philadelphia

These Fiery Frenchified Dames: Women and Political Culture in Early National Philadelphia Book Reviews 1029 Sent to live with an aunt and uncle, Martha These Fiery Frenchified Dames: Women and Po- received an excellent education and was an ex- litical Culture in Early National Philadelphia. haustive reader, especially of religious and By Susan Branson. (Philadelphia: University theological texts, which she used to create her of Pennsylvania Press, 2001. 218 pp. Cloth, covenant. $47.50, ISBN 0-8122-3609-2. Paper, $17.50, Martha’s marriage to the physician David ISBN 0-8122-1777-2.) Ramsay in 1787 did not turn out the way Martha would have expected. Eight children, Susan Branson’s These Fiery Frenchified Dames a ne’er-do-well niece who eloped, and a hus- examines the political role of women in Phila- band who harbored abolitionist tendencies in delphia during the decades following the addition to failing miserably at handling fi- American Revolution. For too long, she ar- nances landed Martha outside Charleston’s gues, historians have focused on formal insti- upper class and suffering from at least one tutions of governance and elite male political prolonged bout with depression. By examin- actors at the expense of examining the larger ing Martha’s memoirs and letters to family public sphere. Conceived more broadly, poli- members, Gillespie demonstrates that Martha tics at that time http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of American History Oxford University Press

These Fiery Frenchified Dames: Women and Political Culture in Early National Philadelphia

The Journal of American History , Volume 89 (3) – Dec 1, 2002

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Book Reviews 1029 Sent to live with an aunt and uncle, Martha These Fiery Frenchified Dames: Women and Po- received an excellent education and was an ex- litical Culture in Early National Philadelphia. haustive reader, especially of religious and By Susan Branson. (Philadelphia: University theological texts, which she used to create her of Pennsylvania Press, 2001. 218 pp. Cloth, covenant. $47.50, ISBN 0-8122-3609-2. Paper, $17.50, Martha’s marriage to the physician David ISBN 0-8122-1777-2.) Ramsay in 1787 did not turn out the way Martha would have expected. Eight children, Susan Branson’s These Fiery Frenchified Dames a ne’er-do-well niece who eloped, and a hus- examines the political role of women in Phila- band who harbored abolitionist tendencies in delphia during the decades following the addition to failing miserably at handling fi- American Revolution. For too long, she ar- nances landed Martha outside Charleston’s gues, historians have focused on formal insti- upper class and suffering from at least one tutions of governance and elite male political prolonged bout with depression. By examin- actors at the expense of examining the larger ing Martha’s memoirs and letters to family public sphere. Conceived more broadly, poli- members, Gillespie demonstrates that Martha tics at that time

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Published: Dec 1, 2002

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