Women in the American Revolution
played various roles depending on their social status (in which race was a factor) and their political views.
The American Revolution
took place after Britain put in place the seven Coercive, or Intolerable Acts
, in the colonies. Americans responded by forming the Continental Congress
and going to war with the British. The war would not have been able to progress as it did without the widespread ideological, as well as material, support of both male and female inhabitants of the colonies. While formal politics did not include women, ordinary domestic behaviors became charged with political significance as women confronted the Revolution. Halting previously everyday activities, such as drinking British tea
or ordering clothes from Britain, demonstrated Colonial opposition during the years leading up to and during the war. Read more...