How Did the Ladies Association of Philadelphia Shape New Forms
of Women's Activism during the American Revolution, 1780-1781?

Abstract

       This project analyzes the Ladies Association of Philadelphia, which emerged during the darkest days of the Revolutionary War, 1780-81. The strongest organization of women during the Revolution, the Association exemplified the elite-dominated politics of the era, but it also anticipated the more democratic politics of the early Republic, which associated "virtue" with the everyday life of average people.

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