After the Declaration of Independence declared the colonists free, colonial women, like men, white or black, had to make a choice—American or British. Not surprisingly, different women came to different conclusions.
During the American Revolution, women were not passive spectators, but active players on their own. Their ideas and actions influenced and shaped the course of the Revolution just as much as men’s actions. Women of different races and different classes experienced the war in a variety of ways, but they shared in experiencing the Revolution as wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters. This lecture will explore the variety of women’s experiences and participation in the Revolution, and will look at how their choices affected the families, communities, and governments. It will also examine the impact of the war and revolutionary ideology on women’s place in the new nation.