ERIC Number: ED374057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Women of the American Revolution. A Unit of Study for Grades 5-8.
This document is a unit that introduces students to the American Revolution by relying on primary sources. The lessons divide the conflict into 3 periods: (1) the friction leading to the War; (2) the struggle for independence; and (3) the expectations that shaped people's participation. The feature that distinguishes this treatment of the Revolution from other lessons is a focus on the conflict from the perspective of women. Although women always have comprised more than half of the population, their presence in recorded history has been marginal. Until recent decades, most historians focused their interest on political, military, or commercial leaders. With few exceptions, women traditionally had been excluded from these careers of public power. As the study of history has changed, historians have come to recognize the important roles that ordinary people, male and female, have had in shaping the nation. A more inclusive picture of the past that considers the contributions of people previously neglected in historical writing not only more accurately describes the past, but also will help students appreciate that they too have a role in history's pageant. An accurate account of the past can partially explain some of the enduring social inequalities that are the consequence of culture, not biology. During the Revolutionary Era, women comprised half of colonial society. Their contributions were crucial to the final victory. Although most women were noncombatants, they were subjected to the consequences of war, including suffering, violence, and death. (Author/DK)
Descriptors: Colonial History (United States), Females, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, History Instruction, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Primary Sources, Revolutionary War (United States), Sex Role, Social Change, Social Studies, Womens History
National Center for History in the Schools, 10880 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 761, Los Angeles, CA 90024-4108.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for History in the Schools, Los Angeles, CA.