Patriots in Petticoats

Do your students know about Sybil's Midnight Ride?

Welcome to March. I love March. March is the cushion between winter and spring! The days are refreshingly longer! And, it’s Women’s History Month! Time to recognize the contribution of women in history! No more “History” kids, it’s time for HERstory! I suggest using literature to enhance your efforts at bringing “Herstory Alive” this month.

Women played a vital role in our history, beginning with our fight for independence. These women were ‘Patriots in Petticoats’. Everyone knows the story of Paul Revere, but few can tell the story of Sybil Ludington. In the book, Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride by Marsha Amstel, we find out how one young girl made a difference during the Revolutionary War. In 1777, Sybil Ludington rode her horse through the Connecticut countryside to alert the militia troops that the British were advancing on Danbury. She was 16. She saved the town of Danbury! She was brave and determined. This is a true story, a true story of how a young lady made a difference during the Revolutionary War. Put this book on your ‘must read to my students” list this month!

Amstel, Marsha. Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride. Lerner Publishing Group, 2000.

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