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The American Revolution changed society in a lot of different ways. People questioned the political ideas of themselves and others. The strive for Democracy was great. The rights of women and slaves were controversial subjects, but debated as well as religious persecution and taxation without representation; struggle was still there. Our economy was weakened, and farmers nearly created chaos because of the obscene taxation and little to no representation. Everything changed once British control over the colonies was over. People lived the way they wanted to live, they weren’t taxed as heavily, and they were finally free to worship however they pleased.
I think that all of the documents had a political effect on everything. For instance, the Woodcut of Patriot Woman, Marblehead, MA, 1779 explained that the woman in the picture was going off to war to liberate herself and her family from English rule. It’s socio-economic as well, because if the women are off to war along side the men, the eldest children are to take care of the home and the farm. The women wouldn’t be home to sew, cook, or educate their children, so everything would be affected by women going to war. Another document that really affects women is the Molly Wallace, Valedictory address, Young Ladies’ Academy of Philadelphia, 1772. There, it talks about women not having equal rights being discriminated against, just because they’re not men. Molly Wallace, the author of this document wants to give girls an equal chance for education, just like boys get. The Medal of the Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, 1786 explains that people need to respect those who work and cultivate the land, because they’re the ones who provide food for many people and for the economy. The economy became much better after the American Revolution, despite the cost of war. The united states were freed of British taxation and things were starting to look up.
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