Women In The American Revolution

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The American Revolution or also known as the U.S War of Independence and the American Revolutionary War took place during 1775 to 1783. The Revolution was a conflict arose from the residents of Great Britain’s 13 colonies and the colonial government. The Revolution brought few changes to the lives of women, while the men were away at war, women would stay home and take over the jobs men had before the war. As time flew by, women started taking roles in the Revolutionary War, examples of women who took roles are: Molly Gutridge, Eliza Wilkinson, Anna Rawle and Esther De Berdt Reed. In the article, “A New Touch on the Times”, Molly Gutridge is one of numerous women that had their husbands leave them to go to war. Gutridge states, “What could…show more content…
On October 25, 1781, the author states, “A mob surrounded it, broke the shutters and the glass of the windows and were coming in, non forlorn women here.” here shows how the mob reacted to Cornwallis’s surrender of Yorktown, which is the last and most important battle of the war. The author further on states, “Warm Whigs of one side and Hartleys of the other, rendered it impossible for us to escape that way.” shows how the Patriots on one side were attacking the Loyalists and were treated even worse than the people inside the house. When the mob left their house, the author describes the scene, “In short it was the most alarming scene I ever remember. For two hours we had the disagreeable noise of stone banging about, glass crashing, and the tumultuous voices of a large body of men, as they were a long time at the different houses in the different houses in the neighborhood.” this shows the aftermath of the Battle of Yorktown, and how brutal it was to the…show more content…
The author first states, “On the commencement of actual war, the Women of America manifested a firm resolution to contribute as much as could depend on them to the deliverance of their county.” here shows how women contributed to the Revolutionary War when the men were fighting for freedom. The author then asserts, “So many famous sieges where the Women have been seen forgetting the weakness of their sex, building new walls, digging trenches with their feeble hands, furnishing arms to their defenders, they themselves darting the missile weapons on the enemy, resigning the ornaments of their apparel and their fortune to fill the public treasury, and to hasten the deliverance of their county, burying themselves under its ruins, throwing themselves into the flames rather than submit to the disgrace of humiliation before a proud enemy.” indicates that the author seeks women to do famous accomplishments like how men do, but women cannot with the weakness of their sex. Lastly, the author states, “Let us not lose a moment; let us be engaged to offer the homage of our gratitude at the altar of military valor, and you, our brave deliverers, while mercenary slaves combat to cause you to share with them the irons with which they are loaded, receive with a free hand our offering, the purest which can be presented to your virtue,” the
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