Chapter 7 - Roark Chapter 7: The War for America, 1775-1783...

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Roark Chapter 7: The War for America, 1775-1783 Notes and Questions for HIS1043 by Rex H. Ball, Senior Lecturer In your groups discuss, the story of John and Abigail Adams that begins the chapter. First, Abigail gives the lie to those who viewed women as inherently less intelligent than men. Like Ben Franklin’s wife, Abigail managed the family business affairs while John was away minding the affairs of state. Moreover, when more moderate men still sought reconciliation with Great Britain, she clearly wanted a independence before many of her male contemporaries. Most important, however, she saw clearly the more radical extension of the expressions for liberty—the incongruity of liberty and slavery, and of male domination over females. The Second Continental Congress met in May, 1775, with a majority of delegates not ready to break with England, as the authors note. They pursued what the authors termed two contradictory objectives: preparing to defend the colonies, and seeking reconciliation with the mother country. One might
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2008 for the course HIS 1043 taught by Professor Rexball during the Spring '08 term at Texas San Antonio.

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Chapter 7 - Roark Chapter 7: The War for America, 1775-1783...

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