During the American Revolution, not only did men have to face the struggles of war time atmosphere, but women had to as well. The country during the war was divided into three different groups of people; the loyalists, the patriots and the remaining people who did not care. Catherine Van Cortlandt, a loyalist had to endure different struggles then the patriot women Eliza Pinckney and Abigail Adams. However, parts of their stories are similar when it came to their family struggles. Catherine Van Cortlandt was a loyalist. She raised nine children, for the most part alone, while her husband Philip was part of the British military. Soon after Philip left to go fight for the British, Light Horsemen rushed through the door of Catherine's …show more content…
When Catherine approached the farmer to purchase some milk, he asks who she is, and following her answer, he refuses. While still living in the mansion, Catherine had to respond to the orders of the Colonel and officers who were also living with her. She was treated like a servant and called "landlady" by the men. Catherine communicated with her husband through letters which at times did not make it to the house. Eliza Pinckney, a Patriot, had a rather large responsibility on her hands at the age of seventeen. When her mother died, Eliza was left to care for her siblings and the three plantations that her family owned. She grew several new crops and even indigo which was used as a dye and exported to other places. Eliza and her husband Charles Pinckney had three children together. Charles was also a planter, a lawyer and a political leader. Two of their three sons were involved in the Revolutionary War. They obtained the positions of General. After the death of her husband, Eliza raised her three children alone and tried to instill some sort of morality into their lives. "She constantly impressed on her children the family tradition of opposition to wrong, oppression, or tyranny of any sort, public or private'" (Marcus 128). During the America War of Independence, British raids annihilated Eliza's property leaving her in a financial rut. Eliza's sons did well in their position in the war and even signed the Declaration of Independence. Eliza states, " no pleasure can
“Revolutionary Mothers Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence,” is a book written by Carol Berkin. In this writing, Berkin goes into detail on the important role women of the 1600s-1700s took place during the Home Front War. Berkin argues that it wasn’t just the men who fought for independence, but women fought for freedom as well. The book describes the roles that different women faced, the challenges women faced, and women’s capabilities during the war.
A main conflict throughout the plot of Catherine, Called Birdy is person vs. fate. As daughter of a country knight and Lady Aislinn, Catherine must behave a certain way. The conflict of person vs. fate is first introduced in the inciting incident. “Now my father, the toad, conspires to sell me like a cheese to some lack-wit seeking a wife” (Cushman 6). Once her father decides she ready for marriage, he begins to invite suitors to the manor. However, Catherine will not allow her father to force her into marriage. Throughout the rising action, Catherine scares away each suitor. Despite, all her schemes, Lord Rollo arranges a marriage between Catherine and Lord Murgaw. Catherine strongly opposes this marriage but it seems she will not be
During the 1760’s, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington settled down and her life revolved around her home and her family. As tensions with Britain rose, she became a target and Washington convinced her to leave Mount Vernon. She would spend time with family and friends while moving from location to location. Martha would stay with George during the winter throughout the years of the war at places like Valley Forge and Morristown, New Jersey. There were many other women at the camps also but she had more responsibility than them. She was Washington’s secretary and his representative. She tended to the sick and wounded. She also created a camp social center by inviting guests to the camp. Martha also organized a women’s sewing circle that would often mend clothing. All of these things were part of the success of the war. After the war, her son’s widow remarried and two of Martha’s grandchildren
The American Revolution was a colonial revolt in which America fought for its independence from Britain. Several groups of people stepped up to contribute during the Revolution that deserve a great deal of recognition. Beginning with women, who in spite of their low position in society still served in a variety of ways. Women took on the roles of men when men were away at war. There were women who were bold enough to serve on the battlefield alongside men. They were determined to prove that they were just as capable of doing what men could do. African Americans, both free and enslaved, also served in the Continental Army. African Americans fought bravely and eagerly, as some even ended up becoming heroes. They were willing to be a helping hand and would even lie to be able to fight for America’s independence as well as their own. Foreigners were another group who supported America by providing trainers and leaders. Foreigners also supported America financially to get the army the supplies it needed. Without the help or support of all these different groups of people, America may not have won its independence.
Believe it or not, women played a very large role in the American Revolution. Because they played a different role in culture at that time, most women supported the revolution by helping behind the scenes. They aided in sewing clothes for the army, nursing wounded soldiers, or even disguising themselves in order to spy on the British. Two women in particular, Abigail Adams and Sybil Ludington, were especially helpful to the Patriots in the war. Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, gave insight of the revolution through letters to her husband, housed many soldiers, and even made bullets for their weapons. Sybil Ludington, similar to Paul Revere, rode through dark woods all night to warn the Rebels of a nearby British attack. Without the help of
During the war American, such as Abigail Adams, were doing their best at home to survive. Women like Abigail needed to perform tasks that were normally done by their husband, such as farming. Abigail was left to protect her land and stand up for themselves from passing armies on both sides. The war was not only being fought on the battlefield, but also at the men’s homes. Most of the time of the time during the Revolutionary War, Abigail Adams and her children spent it at home, while John Adams was traveling to meeting for the Congress, most of their communication was through letters. While John was away the continental army camped out at the Adams’s home and Abigail and her children helped take care of the men. They performed act such as giving water to the passing armies, making bullets, and caring for the sick soldiers. Because of the small pox epidemic, Abigail and her children were giving a vaccine, to give some immunity from the disease, Abigail’s oldest daughter was hit the worst by the disease, and it seemed she wouldn’t make it, but she soon recovered. Abigail and her children had an up-close view of the war, considering their home was only a few miles from the backbone of the British army, which at the time was Boston, they had to live in constant fear of being robbed of their home and possessions and at worst their lives. The Adams family had to endure seeing their neighbors and friends ride past their house, sometimes wounded and something the men were dead, as
To begin, some women during the American Revolutionary War wanted to help the efforts of the Continental army. And some showed support by boycotting British imports by not buying certain products. Some women however wanted to serve in the Continental army, but could not, for women were not allowed to. That however did not stop Deborah Sampson. Sampson, relegated to a life of poverty, as her father abandoned the family and her mother was of ill health. Sampson, an indentured servant for ten years, developed physical strength from all the years of hard farm labor. During a break over the winter months she attended school. When her servitude ended, she became a teacher. Shortly thereafter, at the age of twenty-one she enlisted in the Fourth
Many women contributed in the Revolutionary War but not many are given enough credit. Woman who had followed the army were referred to as “camp followers”. Females who followed Washington’s army were seeking safety, shelter, food, and work. They need the army and though Washington and other soldiers did not like to admit it, the army needed them. Now I’m going to speak about some of the role the female soldiers played in the Revolutionary War.
Women took on many different roles during the Revolutionary War, such as cooks, nurses and maids. Those were traditional and to be expected. But then there are the more before their time roles. Women would act as secret or replacement soldiers and spies, too. Let’s start with the common roles of Women of the Army: seamstresses; maids; cooks; water bearers and laundresses.
Solomon devoted some consideration to political issues. Women’s role was continually questioned during the American Revolution, when women expressed competency in many roles. While some females joined the war as undercover spies or soldiers, other women established activist groups to protest, campaign and raise funds. Solomon considers this war to be the opportunity for women to demonstrate their abilities in “public and private spheres” that could have implications in the latter movements.
Women and slaves played an important role in the Revolutionary War. Considered Daughters of Liberty, women took on roles as men during the war. Slaves kept plantations running, under harsh and unnecessary conditions, while their masters were fighting. Overall, women and slaves participated in definite parts of the Revolutionary War.
Catherine’s mother paid little attention to her as she grew up because she spent much more time on Catherine’s younger brother, Wilhelm Christian. Then, at age 12, Wilhelm died. Catherine’s mother had more time on her hands, and decided to do something about Catherine’s popularity. Catherine’s mother took her on visits and parties to do something about her situation by finding her someone to marry. Catherine saw marriage as a way to escape her controlling mother. Finally, Catherine met a man named Grand Duke Peter.
c. Helen Ferguson- Helen is a nurse that befriends Catherine while working at the American hospital in Milan and helps Catherine and Henry even though she does not agree with their relationship.