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Political Women in the American Revolution

Document 6

The following letter described fundraising by the Ladies' Association of Philadelphia:

      H. Thompson, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Wilson, and a number of very genteel women, paraded about the streets in this manner, some carrying ink stands, nor did they let the meanest [poorest] ale house escape. The gentlemen also were honored with their visits. Bob Wharton declares he was never so teized [bothered] in his life. They reminded him of the extreme rudeness of refusing anything to the fair, but he was inexorable [unmovable] and pleaded want of money, and the heavy taxes, so at length they left him, after threatening to hand his name down to posterity with infamy [bad reputation]. I fancy they raised a considerable sum by this extorted [forced] contribution, some giving solely against their inclinations [beliefs] thro' fear of what might happen if they refused, and others to avoid importunities [demands] they could not otherwise satisfy -- importunities carried to such an excess of meaness as the nobleness of no cause whatsoever could excuse.

-- Excerpt from a letter from Anna Rawle to Mrs. Shoemaker, 30 June 1780

13. Was Anna Rawle in favor of, or against, fundraising to support the revolutionary effort?

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14. According to Anna Rawles, how did women activists attempt to force people to give money to the revolutionary cause?

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