While the Women Only Wept: Loyalist Refugee Women in Eastern Ontario, by Janice Potter-MacKinnon

Think you have it tough?  Find out how tough; wait until you read this book.  

This remarkable and at times, revolting ancestral book, Potter-MacKinnon argues that the importance of the Loyalist women's endeavours was obscured in the historical record because most accounts of the Loyalist experience were provided by Loyalist men. She documents the women's vital services to the Crown in providing information and refuge to Loyalist fighters, maintaining open communication with Native allies, and helping provision the Loyalist forces. While the Women Only Wept contributes an important new perspective to Loyalist literature and adds a further chapter to women's history.

McQueen's University Press published the hardcover version of this book in 1993 and a soft cover version in 1995. Used copies are available from Amazon.ca and, weathered but loved copies can be found in local, second hand book locations.

"This is one of the best books yet written about the Loyalists." Robert M. Calhoon, Department of History, University of North Carolina. "The work succeeds in restoring Loyalist women to their rightful place in the historical record."

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ McGill-Queen's University Press; First edition (February 4, 1993)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0773509623
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0773509627
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.05 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars
While the Women Only Wept, front cover