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Sat Jan 5, 2019, 08:47 PM

Women's role in founding of USA

During the war, many women demonstrated their loyalty to the patriot cause by shouldering the burdens of absent husbands. They managed farms and businesses. First in Philadelphia, and then in other cities, women went from door to door collecting money for the Continental Army. Some accompanied husbands to the battlefront, where they tended to the material needs of soldiers. A very few disguised themselves as men and joined the army, exposing as a lie the notion that only men had the capacity to sacrifice their lives for the good of the country. Loyalist women continued to express their political views, even though doing so brought them little more than physical suffering and emotional pain. African American women took advantage of wartime chaos to run away from their masters and forge new, independent lives for themselves.

After the war, women marched in parades, lobbied and petitioned legislators, attended sessions of Congress, and participated in political ralliesólending their support to particular candidates or factions. Elite women published novels, poems, and plays. Some hosted salons where men and women gathered to discuss political issues. In New Jersey, single property-owning women voted.


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Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2019, 08:57 PM

1. Send that to the History Channel.

They seem to believe that only men built the nation.


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Sat Jan 5, 2019, 10:07 PM

2. Thank you!!! I'm preparing a course on US women's history and really needed this.

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Sat Jan 5, 2019, 10:12 PM

3. K&R nt

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