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Political Women in the American Revolution

Document 3

The following announcement of a spinning marathon appeared in a Massachusetts weekly paper:

      A gentleman of New-Port [R.I.] writes: ". . . being at the Sign of the Pitt's Head in this town, on Tuesday last, [I] was extremely pleased by having Admittance into the Company of eleven of the Daughters of Liberty, Ladies of Character, and Lovers of British Freedom, and industry; each being laudably employed . . . on . . . a Spinning Wheel . . . [They were] determined to convert each Visit into a spinning Match, and to have no Entertainments but what is the Produce of their own Country, and to appear as much as possible clothed with our own Manufactures, and that more especially which is the effects of their own Labour-"

-- Excerpt from a letter to the Essex Gazette,
Salem, Massachusetts, 23 May 1769

6. Why did these women spin their own yarn and make their own cloth?

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7. Why was it important to the women to make their efforts known to the public?

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