Essay on Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence by Carol Berkins
United States History.
In many occasions, the story of the Revolutionary War, a war that put race against race and neighbor against neighbor, is told and portrayed as a male event with outstanding figures such as Commander in Chief George Washington, but women that were neither statesmen or generals and their amazing contributions, sacrifices and participation in the struggle for independence are often forgotten or neglected. ‘’Their presence was crucial in the most effective protest strategy of all: the boycott of British manufactured goods.’’ (Berkin, XIV). Some of these women’s efforts were more recognizable than others: as there were stories of elite women stepping forward against the Stamp Act that paid and maintain the British Empire, stories of women raising funds through female-run organizations, nurses that wounded the soldiers, daughters and wives that spied on the enemy, there were also stories about housewives from the lower class that their names went unrecorded and remain unknown. The young farm girls and other soldiers’ wives, as well as the elite women like Abigail Adams or Martha Washington, were ‘’a virtuous, self-sacrificing, unassuming group of mothers and daughters’’ (Berkin, XII) who were devoted to their country, children and husbands. Seguir leyendo