The American Revolution was the cause of America trying to become independent from British grasps. People rebelled while some were pro and others were anti the main group of people that were uniquely affected were slaves and women in this great time. Rebellions were going as the revolution took place causing vivid changes in the aspects of women and slavery. It gave a new light to the women who had been looked down on the predominately controlled man society and hope for slaveries who helped fight the cause. These two groups were favorably affected by the changes brought by this war by furthering women rebellions as well as giving them many benefits from the ideals of the revolution, and not to mention slave’s role being a main factor in the war as they try to find freedom and with the lasting results from the revolution. Many women were drawn into the revolution as consumers. Since men were not home they were the main people to maintain the colonial economy. They had furthered rebellions by eagerly participating in boycotts of the 1760s and the 1770s (Oakes, James). Women identified with the goals of the revolution and often led riots against merchants being unfair with what they are selling. Women also decided it was time to point out political ideals. Some pointed out that the right to be taxed should be applied to one’s own representation too (Oakes, James). In the book Of the People, Abagail said, “If ladies are not cared for and paid attention then rebellions will start on their behalf” (Oakes, James). The revolution challenged the idea the woman lacked independent minds since there weren’t allowed to think for themselves. Reformers, many of them women argued that if women appeared incapable or not seeming intelligent, it... ... middle of paper ... .... 2014. . "Digital History." Digital History. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2014. . Dobyns, Lloyd. "History.org: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Official History and Citizenship Website." Fighting... Maybe for Freedom, but Probably Not : The Colonial Williamsburg Official History & Citizenship Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2014. . Oakes, James. "Chapter 7." Of the People: A History of the United States. New York: Oxford UP, 2013. N. pag. Print. Thornton, Carol. "Runaway Slaves: From The Revolution to the New Republic ."Umbec. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Mar. 2014. .
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Womens role during the American Revolution was just as critical as the men 's role was. Not only did women manage businesses and family farms, they worked alongside men in their army camps doing traditional female chores, but also served as spics, nurses, and often risked their lives. Women because political and more educated. They found themselves as teachers to the newer generations. The Revolutionary War was a starting point for the evolutions of the American woman.
...all, the institution of slavery was severely weakened by the American Revolution. Enlightenment thought and religious beliefs were brought to the forefront by the revolutionary war; these beliefs provided the reasoning for the ban on slavery in many Northern states. These ideals of “natural rights” would also lead to the founding of numerous abolitionist groups. These groups would oppose slavery, however the British release of thousands of slaves and resulting economic consequences of the American Revolution would have a greater impact in reducing slavery’s role in Southern society as economic diversification took place and the importance of cash crops decreased. The South would not give up slavery for another six decades, however the Revolutionary War eliminated the hierarchy that allowed slavery to initially exist and put tremendous pressure on its reversal.
Often historical events leading up to the twentieth century are dominated by men and the role of women is seemingly non-existent outside of reproduction. When one thinks of notable and memorable names and events of the Revolution, men are the first to be mentioned. The American Revolution was mainly dominated by men including George Washington, Samuel Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. There is no denying that men were vitally important to the American Revolution, but what were the women doing? Often overlooked, the women of the Revolution played a key role in the outcome of the nation. The women of the American Revolution, although not always recognized, were an influential society that assumed risky jobs like soldiers, as well as involvement
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Before the Revolution, women were not allowed a voice in the political world. They almost had no rights, especially if they were married. They were granted fewer opportunities than men. Women were to stay at home care for the household and family. However, that soon began to change. When the Stamp Act was passed in 1765, it required colonist to pay a tax on every piece of printed-paper they used. Women refused to pay for the shipped items from the mother country, “The first political act of American women was to say ‘No’(Berkin 13). As from then, an uprising in issues began to unroll. Women began to seek their voice been heard and act out on problems that were uprising, such as the British Tea. As the war broke out, women’s lives changed even more. While men were in compact, they kept their families alive by managing the farms and businesses, something that they did not do before the war. As the fighting advanced, armies would rummage through towns, destroying homes and seizing food-leaving families with nothing. Women were attacked while their property was being stripped away from them; some women destroyed their own property to keep their family safe. “Women’s efforts to save the family resources were made more difficult by the demands of the military.
The role of women in the Early Republic is a topic mostly overlooked by historians when dealing with this era of American history. The triumphs of the Revolution and the early events of the new nation were done solely by men. However, women had their own political societies and even participated in the Revolution. Women's roles began to take a major turn after the war with Great Britain. This was due in part to their involvement in the war and female patriotism. Others believed it was due to the easier access to formal education for young women. Whatever the reason, it inspired women to challenge the social structure of the Early Republic. The roles of women were changing in the Early Republic. However, progress was slow and little change followed after the Revolution. This change in social structure elicited two questions. What caused this social change and what was the major setback for the progression of women's rights? These were the questions Linda Kreber's Women In The Republic: Intellect And Ideology In Revolutionary America, Caroline Robbins' review of Mary Norton's Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, and Sheila Skemp's review of Lucia McMahon's Mere Equals: The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic attempted to answer. Each of the pieces of literature agreed that the social equality of women was changing, but each offer a unique aspect of what changed it, and what slowed progression of equality.
Before the American Revolution, women did not realize just how unfairly men were treating them until they experienced working, managing a household, and life without their husbands. It made them aware of their place in society and many wondered just why they were inferior to men at that time. That American Revolution was what led up to the women's rights movement of 1848 and without it, who knows when women would have ever revolted against this unjust behavior and obtained the right to vote in 1920.
Harriet Jacobs escaped from slavery and at great personal risk wrote of her trials as a house servant in the South and later fugitive in the North. Her slave narrative entitled Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl gave a true account of the evils slavery held for women, a perspective that has been kept relatively secret from the public. In writing her story, Jacobs, though focused on the subjugation due to race, gave voice subtly to a different kind of captivity, that which men impose on women regardless of color in the patriarchal society of the ninetenth century. This form of bondage is not only exacted from women by their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons, but also is accepted and perpetuated by women themselves, who forge the cage that holds them captive. Jacobs directed her stirring account of the afflictions a woman is subjected to in the chain of slavery to women of the North to gain sympathy for their sisters that were enslaved in the South. In showing this, Jacobs reveals the danger of such self condemnation women maintain by accepting the idealized role that men have set as a goal for which to strive. Harriet Jacobs' slave epic is a powerful statement unveiling the impossibility and undesirability of achieving the ideal put forth by men and maintained by women. Her narrative is a strong feminist text.