American Women's History

1293 WordsJun 16, 20186 Pages
1. The American Revolution impacted almost every aspect of Native American, European American, and African American women's lives. The American Revolution severely affected Native American women, especially agriculturally. They were the farmers and gardeners of their tribes and the war damaged the soil so much so in some areas that farming was rendered impossible. Most Native Americans, including the women, sided with Britain during the war. Each tribal woman grew crops, when possible, for the British soldiers as well. Further, the American Revolution significantly affected trading between Native Americans and the white men. Because women were heads of trading, the lack thereof made it nearly impossible for them to maintain their…show more content…
Although, on paper, African American women had the same rights as white women, prejudices often got in the way of African American women actually enjoying these basic human rights. However, “for the bulk of salve women located on southern plantations, the war entailed both physical suffering and great latitude for personal action” (Block, Alexander, and Norton 127). American women were most affected by the American Revolution. This was just the beginning of their road to equality. For the first time, American women were stepping out of their homes and working towards something larger. The revolution allowed for this to happen as most of the men were away at war. Women like Abigail Adams were becoming involved in important political matters. She even “threatened fomenting a Rebellion in case [women] were not considered” (Block, Alexander, and Norton, 114). The revolution launched a nationwide movement which provided women a public voice. Although few significant changes occurred immediately, subtle changes were absolutely witnessed. Courts began to rule more favorably towards women in issues of property rights and petitions for divorce. Education also became more accessible to women which accelerated their movement towards greater power. 2. Prior to the Republic, political life was completely foreign to women. They were subjected to an immense amount of discrimination and thought of as lesser beings than men. However, over the course of the century,
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