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This Violent EmpireThe Birth of an American National Identity$
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Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832967

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9780807832967.001.0001

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American Minervas

American Minervas

(p.136) Chapter Three American Minervas
This Violent Empire

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the roles of European American women in the turbulent years leading to and following the Revolution. The tides of war that prompted struggling farmers and mechanics to assert their right to a political voice also ebbed and flowed around America's increasingly literate bourgeois and middling women, encouraging them to respond to radical times with radical appropriations and transformations of the discourses that precipitated the Revolution. From the initial protests against the Stamp Act to the production of a new, republican public sphere, European American women played active public and political roles. At the same time, the new magazines called on them to assume the critical role of Other to the virile and virtuous republican citizen. Inevitably, the public roles women chose to play and the symbolic roles the press chose for them clashed.

Keywords:   European American women, American Revolution, political participation

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