American Women In 1763 Essay

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After the end of the French and Indian War in 1763, tensions grew between the colonies and Great Britain. The era of salutary neglect drastically changed the relationship between Britain and the colonies. Although some colonial citizens encouraged the idea of revolution, others were concerned about being separated from Great Britain. During the mid 1700’s women played a small role in society since men were considered more important. However women’s support or lack of, impacted the outcome of the revolution. Women believed they could gain more rights if they helped the rebels in the war. They figured if men saw that they could contribute in serious or tough situations,men would be willing to pass laws for more women’s rights. Not to mention…show more content…
Most felt that the change would be beneficial for the colonies and supported the war. Change such as choosing a new type of government. While they were under the control of a monarchy, they still practiced democratic ideas. The farmers that supported, wanted to democracy to form as soon as they gained independence. Also, they could expand their trade. Since the colonies were only allowed to trade with Great Britain while under its control, farmers believed independence would bring more trade opportunities. Furthermore, farmers knew that by gaining independence they would be able to make more decisions for themselves, like choosing their own leaders, what religions would be tolerated, and laws. Yet other farmers opposed the idea of war. Some had doubts that the rebels could beat Britain, since they were known for an extremely powerful army and navy. Unlike the non-existing army the colonist had, the men in the colonies had little to no military experience, which is another reason why farmers were concerned about going to war. Also, the farmers were nervous about losing their only ally. Great Britain was the colonies only legal trade partner and was their source of protection. In addition, without Britain the colonies had no incoming money, and would become poor. Farmers in New England questioned if the colonies would be able to cover the costs of
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