The historical truth that women's status declined after the Revolution underlies the assumption that ""the years between 1750 and 1815 witnessed the passing of a remarkable generation of women who were strong, self-reliant, employed in all occupations. . . and active in political and military affairs""; and this, in turn, was the apparent basis of a touring exhibition which the present volume records and extends--without itself justifying the shaky premise, however. Under such rubrics as Love and Marriage, Domesticity, and Women at Work, the customs of white, black, and Indian society are described and, to a certain extent, documented by illustrations (a 1777 engraving of ""The Old Maid,"" a hope chest, etc. for ""Love and Marriage""); other, more peripheral sections feature Accomplished Women (needlework is half the accomplishment), Fashionable Ladies (aping Marie Antoinette even on the eve of the Revolution); and Creative Women (deservedly obscure artists for the most part). The text is informative if inconclusive (and not indexed), the presentation as a whole ill serves the cause.