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Women in the American Revolution Samantha Fasnacht History 205
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Dr. Cummins December 4, 2006 Fasnacht 2 Women in the American Revolution At Valley Forge in 1778, Mary Hays McCauly, the wife of an American  soldier, went out onto the battlefield to provide water to the troops.  This earned  her the nickname “Molly Pitcher”.  Molly later continued her efforts to help the  men by taking over her husband’s position when he was injured. 1   Molly Pitcher  did what she could to help the American soldiers in the War for American  Independence. The War for American Independence occurred from 1775 to 1781 and  involved England and the American colonists along with their allies, the French.  The Americans wanted to break away from Britain and form their own country  with its’ own government because they felt that their views were not being  1  United States Field Artillery Association, “The Story of Molly Pitcher.”  <http://sill- www.army.mil/pao/pamolly.htm> (accessed  November 2,  2006)
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represented in British Parliament. In addition, the Americans were tired of living  under the tyranny of the king. 2   American men organized into militias and such  political organizations as the Sons of Liberty and the First Continental  Fasnacht 3 Congress, but what was the role of women in the American Revolution? In order to determine the role that women played in the war, it must first be  determined what role woman played before the war and how much  independence they had to attempt to play a role in the war once it came about.  In discussing women’s independence leading up to the War for American  Independence Norton writes, “A noticeable minority of colonial white women  either sought independence or had it thrust upon them.” 3   Some women who  were members of the Society of Friends left their husbands and children for  extended periods of time to act as “public Friends”, or messengers to Quaker  meetings in other places than the women’s hometowns.  Women could become  2  Alan Brinkley,  American History: A Survey , Twelfth Edition (New  York: 
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course HIS 205 taught by Professor Cummins during the Fall '06 term at Flagler.

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