Women in the American Revolution

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Women in the American Revolution
Carol Berkin
Professor of History, Baruch College
October 25, 2013

The American War of Independence was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed and danger into the life of every American, women included. While men left to fight, women shouldered greater responsibility as they maintained their farms alone and tried to prevent confiscation of property. Patriot women maintained boycotts of imported goods, joined the army disguised as men, acted as spies and followed the Continental Army. Loyalist women were often stripped of their property and persecuted as punishment for their husband’s politics. Dr. Carol Berkin shares how women played a vital role throughout the conflict in the 2013 George Rogers Clark Lecture.