THE INCREDIBLE DEBORAH by Cora Cheney
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THE INCREDIBLE DEBORAH

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Spunk again, the only possible word for Deborah Sampson: born into poverty, raised on charity, risen above the restrictions of her sex by her own wits and courage. No portion of Deborah's early life lacks detail, from the first few years at home and at a cousin's, through her years of indenture first to a senile old lady and a mean servant, then to a kind and rapidly expanding family, through her life as a boy (bosom bound in linen) and a soldier in the Revolutionary War. While chapter headings keep the text in historical perspective, Miss Cheney develops an intensely alive, determined young character. A stodgy contemporary wrote her story with many fabrications as The Female Review--here with a battery of primary and secondary sources and an arsenal of good dialogue, good action, is a contemporary version for contemporary readers (and fictionalized biography at its respectable best).

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Scribners