The Wartime Experiences of the Revolution and Its Effects on Women Slaves and Natives

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Describe and analyze the wartime experiences of the Revolution and the effects on women, slaves, and natives. Although the American Revolution is often presented as an uncomplicated success story and the triumph of freedom and liberty, for women, slaves, and Native Americans, this was far from the case. During the American Revolution, women were strong supporters of revolutionary activity in many capacities. Women worked as seamstresses, nurses, and even as spies (Faragher et al 2009: 159). Women demonstrated their competency and autonomy from males when they took over the running of farms and businesses when males were serving in the Revolutionary army. These were striking, practical, real-life examples of how the idea of female incompetence was in error. Women published political satire and letters from the period demonstrate how women were critically engaged in a thoughtful manner about politics and what it meant to be free and independent. Women served on the front lines, offering food and supplies to soldiers and many later received pensions and acclaim for their efforts. However, none of these initiatives were enough to motivate the Founding Fathers to give women the right to vote even white, propertied women. In their eyes, all men were created equal (Faragher et al 2009: 160). Native Americans were reluctant to become involved in what they regarded as a white man's struggle. However, those who did become embroiled in the conflict did so because they (rightly)

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