Revolutionary Mothers

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Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for Independence

In my past history classes, I was given the basic knowledge on the Revolutionary War. Often times these books and classes only told the story of the men and completely overlooked the women. I think that women had just as great roles as men. When the conflict between the colonists and the British began, the colonial women learned that soon they would be of great importance standing up to the British King. The women began to boycott goods when the Stamp Act was in effect and the taxes were placed on British goods. The women sacrificed not buy any tea, which they enjoyed, and “Their ‘no’s had an immediate and powerful effect, for women had become major consumers and purchasers by the mid-eighteenth century… a group of brides-to-be said no to their fiancés, putting a public notice in the local newspaper that they would not marry men who applied for a stamped marriage license” (Berkin: Revolutionary Mothers pg.14) When the war began, the women had to stay at home and continue on with their daily household duties and learn how to carry out their husbands job while the husbands went to fight. As the fight went on the women heard that their men were suffering without food and clothing, they went to work and made a system where they raised enough money and supplies to make a significant change in the war. These women were emotionally suffering because their sons and husbands were fighting with a chance on never coming back home, but yet were still maintaining a loving household for them to hopefully return too. The Patriot women were huge group of women who were affected by this war as well. Before the war began, these women were “property” to their husbands and they were known to only do household duties. As the war started, the Patriot women went through a lot to survive the war. Esther Deberdt Reed and…...

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