Revolutionary war. Event which led into significant changes not only in the nation, but
among the people Women,African Americans, and Native Americans experienced these
changes, but for African Americans the late 1700 was a period of dramatic change.
For women the revolutionary experience gave themsome voice.
At the beginning of the 18th century fathers claimed authority over members of their
families. They could treat wives and children however they pleased. Women beganmaking new demands, they said it was special responsibility of women as mothers to
nurture the right values in their children and as wives to instruct their husbands in proper
Womenalso began to have access to education.
Ill-educated women could nor possible fulfill their new responsibilities, they required
education, at least comparable to what men received. Howeverthe educated women did
not pursue a career.
The war itself presented some women with new opportunities. They ran family farms and
businesses while their husbands fought in the war. In 1970the New Jersey legislature
allowed women, only the ones that owned property, to vote.
The war also proved to have an important effect on the Native Americans
As a result of the AmericanRevolution, there was a large increase in the amount of
people flooding to America in search of a better life. Ever since the first settlers arrived,
the Native Americans found their landsgradually becoming smaller and smaller in size.
Of what land the Native Americans still possessed at the end of the Revolution, this was
quickly destroyed and inhabited by the rapid influx of settlersthat followed.
Society had clearly undergone a significant transformation as a result of the
American Revolution. However, the most radical degree of change occurred was within