Political Women in the American Revolution: Part B

Part B: Essay

Directions: Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs, and a conclusion. Use evidence from at least five documents in the body of the essay. Support your response with relevant facts, examples, and details. Include additional outside information.

Historical Context:

During the Revolutionary period, some women colonists became politically active. They formed organizations and engaged in a variety of activities to lend their support to the cause of American independence. The Ladies Association of Philadelphia became the strongest and most well-known of these female organizations.


Using information from the documents and your knowledge of United States history, answer the questions that follow each document in Part A. Your answers to the questions will help you write the essay in Part B, in which you will be asked to:

  • Identify two ways women supported revoluntionary efforts through political activism.

  • For each form of activism use specific details to explain how the women organized themselves and their efforts.

  • Evaluate the effects of these forms of political activism.


In your essay, be sure to:

  • Address all aspects of the Task by accurately analyzing and interpreting at least five documents.

  • Incorporate information from the documents in the body of the essay.

  • Incorporate relevant outside information.

  • Support the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details.

  • Use a logical and clear plan of organization.

  • Introduce the theme by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the Task or Historical Context and conclude with a summation of the theme.

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