Collections for the Classroom: America’s First Veterans and the Legacy of the Women of the Revolution

Florida Teacher Workshop, Sarasota Middle School

Sarasota, Florida
April 4, 2020

James Madison wrote that veterans of the American Revolution suffered a “singular hardship” that “can never be forgotten.” Yet because America’s civilian population suffered enormously during the eight-year conflict, honoring veterans for their “singular” service took more than a generation. Enlisted men like Joseph Plumb Martin, who served seven years in the Continental Army, were left feeling “turned adrift like old worn-out horses” until the early nineteenth century, when economic prosperity coupled with romantic sentiment toward the Revolution fostered an appreciation for the sacrifices made by the heroes of the War of Independence.

America’s first veterans included women like Deborah Sampson, who received a pension for her service after her honorable discharge and Margaret Corbin, the first female combat veteran recognized by Congress. Their stories in concert with the impassioned voices of women like Mercy Otis Warren, Abigail Adams and Phillis Wheatley laid the groundwork for the official recognition of women as vested citizens in 1920 with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

This collection includes presentations prepared by historian Roger Smith for the Florida Council for History Education and classroom activities which align to Title XLVIII, Chapter 1003.42 (2)(a), (f) and (t) of the 2018 Florida Statutes.


download Pdf version of Remembering America's First Veterans


download pdf of purple heart lesson


download pdf version of remembering the ladies: women's rights and the legacy of the american revolution


download PDF version of Dr. Roger Smith's presentation


download PDF version of American Revolution Institute Educational Programs and Resources for Students and Teachers