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Political Women in the American Revolution

Document 5

The following letter showed organizing strategies of female activists during the war:

. . . Being one of the states neighbouring to the theatre of war, we have hastened to form the desired association; the success has answered our expectations, and there are few on this occasion who have not cheerfully given marks of their attachment to the cause defended by our brave soldiers . . . The sentiments of an American woman were published in our Gazette of the 12th of this month; the day following several ladies assembled; it was proposed to have the city divided into ten districts, nearly equal in extent, and to invite three or four ladies in each of these districts to go to every house in their ward, to present to each woman and girl, without any distinction, a paper, one of which you will find enclosed . . .

--Excerpt from a letter from a woman in Philadelphia to a friend in Annapolis,
20 June 1780, published in The Maryland Gazette, 21 July 1780

10. According to the excerpt, how did the women's association divide up the city?

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11. What was the purpose of the women's visits to each house in their districts?

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12. Why do you think the friend had this letter published in The Maryland Gazette?

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