Most of the remembered people of the American Civil War are men, and many of the women are underappreciated. One of the most remarkable women of the Civil War was Clara Barton. Clarissa Harlowe Barton was born on December 25, 1821. She started off as a hospital nurse, but was also a teacher and clerk. Her main job was a nurse, and Barton eventually founded the American Red Cross Association.
Throughout history women have been underestimated. Society as a whole is patriarchal, and even though women have mead great strides in gaining equality, there are still crimes and prejudice against women. Women are capable of great feats, if they are given a chance. Some women ignored all social standards and managed to accomplish incredible things that changed the course of history.
The time before the Revolutionary War women’s main role was in the home. They were the manufactures of the home, taking raw materials and turning them into household goods. The women were the consumers and before the Revolution they led the boycotts against British goods. During the Revolutionary War they became the men at home on top of the roles they already had. They became spies, nurses, propagandists, and even took over on the battlefield. After the Revolutionary War the push to go back to normalcy again put women back to where they were before the war as the household manufacturer. Inclusion during this time meant being allowed by society an independent and self-sustaining person. Inclusion also means being able to express an opinion and have that opinion be heard. Through the transition
“The story of the war will never be fully or fairly written if the Achievements of women in it are untold” Frank Moore Women of the War, 1867 When we hear the names, Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin or George Washington, we can immediately identify these men as noble leaders and celebrated heroes who made extraordinary contributions during the fragile infancy of our country. These men and many others unselfishly risked their lives to fight for a united nation in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. However, do the names Philis Wheatley, Jenny Hodges or Sybil Ludington inspire the same recognition and admiration for their unprecedented sacrifices for the same “cause”? The answer may be “no” and, unfortunately, it would be expected.
During the times of the Revolutionary war, there was a large debate on the significance of a woman’s role in society. Berkin does an outstanding job of shedding light on the different aspects of society that weren’t always focused on: rich and poor, black and white, and other social differences as well (4-5). Some men didn’t realize the difference between the types of women that were more involved in society in contrast to those that played little roles. During the colonial times women focused mainly on their worlds revolving around their families as well as the household. Therefore the men were in charge of all of the intellectual issues as well as the educational portion of life as well. Women had very little rights when it came to decision-making
The American Revolution was a massive change for the new colonies and many countries around the world. Yet, it did not just affect the countries and governments; it mainly affected the everyday people because their whole worlds were thrown upside down. With around 25,000 soldiers dead or a ratio of 1 out of every 20 who served died; many wives went on without their husbands, children without fathers, and mothers without sons. Men were not the only ones giving their lives or time to fight for the new country’s freedom. Women had in some cases take the place of their husbands in running family owned businesses or farms on top of caring for the children, cooking, and cleaning of the homes. Many women were also placed in danger because either many of the battles actually took place near many towns or they could not stay at home for various reasons. Women during the Revolution War contributed so much by caring for the home, being nurses or camp followers, secret soldiers, or even spies.
Do you know the lady who fought for women's rights? That lady is Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a women’s rights activist. Born on November 12, 1815 in Johnstown, New York she discovered the reason to fight from visiting her cousin, Gerrit Smith. Along the way she made friends with Angelina and Sarah Grimke, Susan B. Anthony Lucretia Mott, and members of the female anti-slavery society. This partnership made the Seneca Falls Convention and spreading the word less difficult for all of them. The fact was that women at the time couldn’t vote, got taxed without their representation, couldn’t self-govern themselves, and lost rights. Elizabeth began the spread the word with lectures, speeches, books, and with groups. Some books she wrote were History of
Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29th, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi to a unmarried teenage mother. Her mom and dad are Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey, her father is a coal miner, turned into a barber, turned into a city councilman who had been in the armed forces when oprah was born. After Oprah was born, her mother traveled north and oprah spent her first 6 years living in rural poverty with her maternal grandmother. Oprah was so poor that
Lena Horne was born on June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents were Teddy and Edna Scottron Horne. After her father left her at the age of two in order to pursue his gambling career; her mother leaving soon after that to pursue her acting career; she went to live with her grandparents. Through her grandparents influence she became involved with organizations like the NAACP, at an early age.
The Role of African Americans in the Revolutionary War An estimated 100,000 African Americans escaped, died or were killed during the American Revolution(Mount). Roughly 95% of African Americans in the United States were slaves, and because of their status, the use of them during the revolution was inevitable(Mount). This led many Americans, especially those from the North, to believe that the South's economy would collapse without slavery due to the use of slaves on the front lines. However, only a small percentage of the slave population enlisted in either army.