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Women & the Revolution

by: Amneris Santiago

Women & the Revolution HIST 104H

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This is Paper 1 for professor Emily Moore. I got a good grade on this paper and am posting it for a helping guide to those who are currently in Interpreting the american past. I hope that you will ...
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Date Created: 02/04/16
American Revolution Effect on Women Amneris Santiago Emily Moore Interpreting theAmerican Past 5:45-7:00pm September 21st, 2015 
 Santiago 1 TheAmerican Revolution laid the foundation forAmerica. The Revolution was not only a stepping stone for us as a nation, but a step towards women realizing they deserve equality. Women during the revolution were held to higher standards; they were not only given more responsibilities, but some even went as far as to play roles that only men were privileged. Many challenges were faced by the women, from being terrorized by soldiers, to distinguishing whether they should be a Loyalist or a Patriot. The Revolutionary war gave women the opportunity to become a vital part of the war. In the absence of men, they became heads of the household, supported men in battle, and through their efforts, still gained nothing. In the absence of men, women stepped up and took the responsibility as head of the household. In document 6.8,AbigailAdams speaks on the event in Boston in which women, now being the ones in charge of the budget, took charge for themselves. She explains that food among civilians as well as in the military had gone scarce, as a result of not importing or exporting British goods. Sugar and coffee, being one of the most prominent resources, was one of the hardest to find. There were no merchants who could provide what was needed except one “eminent, wealthy, stingy merchant,” who would not sell unless offered an outrageous amount of money.Aband of women, about a hundred or so, headed down to this warehouse with carts and trucks, ready to demand what they needed, and would not leave without getting it. Even when the merchant refused, they used force and got the keys. They loaded up the trucks, and left; leaving onlookers astonished by this unusual sight of dominance. This event highlighted the progress of women in the Revolutionary war, and showed how they took charge for themselves and their families, no matter the cost. The women during this time where not meant to be dominant but seen more as submissive; which is what surprised the onlookers. 
 Santiago 2 Furthermore, women played a vast part in supporting our troops. Women were not only used as spies, some even took arms in battle on the front lines. They also provided medical care for the wounded soldiers. The support of the women given to the soldiers is displayed in documents 6.7 and 6.9. In document 6.7 Deborah Champion was the daughter of Henry Champion; a high ranking officer in the ContinentalArmy. She was sent to deliver secret messages to George Washington regarding battle. Deborah was stopped several times during her journey by British troops and yet she still managed to deceive them and follow through with her orders.Another example of women support was in document 6.9 with Esther Reed being the leader of “The Sentiments of anAmerican Women.” She was going door to door raising money to give directly to the soldiers. However, George Washington requested the money to be used to make clothing for the troops instead. These are only two of many women that contributed to the war in some way, shape, or form. The women support was important for the men because they did jobs that men could not do, and without them who knows where the Revolutionary war would have lead to. In contrast, women like the ones previously stated, although putting in tremendous amount of hard work, and effort, never got recognition or rights they deserved. The socio- economic status was obviously extremely important during The Revolution. Status was not merely based on whether or not people had enough money, it was about whose side people were on. Loyalists were those who were loyal to Britain. Patriots were those who weren’t “just fighting for their independence, but for their rights and unjust taxation without representation” (Doc 6.7.) If citizens were a Loyalist, they would be seen as a traitor in the 
 Santiago 3 colonies, and would endure endless ridicule for their actions. Christian Barnes’husband in document 6.6 had to flee to Boston due to being accused of importing British goods although the Patriots called for non-importation. He was seen as a traitor, and his family was paying the price for it. Christian Barnes was molested, and terrorized by the enemies solider, and she was constantly harassed by her patriotic neighbors. She was a women that stayed loyal to Britain, tried her best to not only take care of herself, but also her family, and got no positive recognition. In document 6.10, Mary Jamison had to go as far as marrying someone else from another tribe in order to be safe due to her neutral views of the war. She witnessed the murder of her family, and was only spared to be kidnapped, and exploited. Both of these women feared for their lives for being loyal in what they believed in. In conclusion,All five documents showcase how vital the women were during the Revolutionary war. Women took charge, and were the head of the households, running the family farms, and shops. Women endlessly supported their troops by raising money, producing goods for the continental army, defending themselves, and their homes. Women gained an enormous amount of new skill, and felt pride in their new sense of independence. Yet, at the end of the day, no matter how much women wanted to progress, they still being continuously oppressed and looked down upon by the men. The Revolutionary war failed to expand any of the women’s legal or political rights, and for many years to come women will never see these rights and continue to be oppressed. Word count: 933


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