Women's Role Of Women In The Civil War

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Elléa MONNIER RAGAIGNE The Civil War The Civil War marked a turning point for women and their role in society. Before the Civil War, work for most women was in the home. Women were expected to cook and clean to make the home comfortable for the family and presentable for guests. With the outbreak of the Civil War, women took on new roles to support their families and the Confederacy. They worked in a variety of capacities, from cooking to nursing to actually fighting on the frontlines. There were many women playing important roles in the Civil War, including nurses, spies, soldiers, civil rights advocates and promoters of women’s suffrage. Most women were engaged in supplying the troops with food, clothing, medical supplies. But there were over 400 who fought as soldiers in the civil war. Disguised as men, they fought with the others for their cause. Some women are know for their amazing act during the Civil War, the more notable of them include Harriet Beecher Stowe who was a abolitionist, and also the writer of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Lucretia Mott an abolitionist as well who fought also for women’s rights. The wife of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, was the First Lady during the Civil War and was a prominent figure of her era. Harriet Tubman who was a runaway slave who became a conductor in the underground railroad. Clara Barton was a civil war nurse, she established an agency to distribute supplies to soldiers. Often working behind the lines, she aided
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