Amid Hostilities and Destruction: North Carolina Women and Their Impact on the American Revolution

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kimberly Mozingo, Graduate Student (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Greg O'Brien

Abstract: The War for American Independence affected North Carolina women with the war’s brutality and hardship, and the disruption of their lives. During the years of 1780-1781, the British and American armies foraged for supplies on small farms, involved women in producing goods for the armies, and destroyed homes and livestock to prevent their enemy from using these supplies. However, many women were not passive participants during the war. The British and American armies entered North Carolina in January 1781 and for several months the state was in constant warfare with opposing armies, and Loyalist and Whig militias fighting across the state. There were some women in North Carolina, amid these hostilities and destruction, who displayed strength of character and perseverance in the face of constant terror and disruption. Many of these women actively engaged in the protection of their families, goods, and homes with determination and courage as revealed by primary source documentation. They petitioned the state legislature, during the war and within the first decade after the war, for involvement in their concerns which demonstrates the understanding of the political system and its workings. Many North Carolina women impacted the outcome of the Revolutionary War by using their knowledge and skills to directly interact with the armies and this direct interaction impacted how women viewed themselves after the war.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2012
history, revolutionary war, north carolina, women, american revolution

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