History- #3a - Jonathan Roth Hst 371 Prof Reeve Writing#3 1...

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Jonathan Roth 10/29/07 Hst. 371 Prof. Reeve Writing #3 1. In Chapter 2, the authors discuss how women in all groups were faced with challenges during the Revolution. Some of the challenges that were faced by the Native American and African American women were what side to choose in the war. Both of these groups had to think about their future and what would be best for them. In many of the Indian nations women had a significant influence over the decision to go to war, therefore there was a tremendous amount of pressure to make the best decision for the overall community. For the African American women, they faced some life changing choices. The Revolution offered some unusual opportunities to the African American community. In November 1775, Virginia’s royal governor offered freedom to rebels’ slaves who agreed to fight for the British. This caused much concern to slave-owners, who didn’t want to lose their slaves. The slaves had to decide whether crossing over to enemy lines was worth the risk. They had to think about their families and their own security and deciding whether the British were going to be true protectors. Also, if the rebels win the war, what will they do after? Women who had children seemed to runaway at a much higher rate then before the Revolution with nearby British troops offering sanctuary. This gave women much peace knowing their children will be provided with some sort of asylum.
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