Founding Mothers

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This documentary was very informative about the strong women behind the men, who helped in the foundation of America. I was most intrigued by how women in that era really fought for their rights, and could be called the feminists of their time. Many of the founding women in America were left on the home front, alone. They were raising their young, and taking care of the household, which included farming and businesses. They were feeding, clothing and raising funds for the Continental Army as well. According to Founding Mother’s (2005), Benjamin Franklin’s wife Deborah Franklin” took care of the home front while Benjamin was in England. She tried to make her philandering husband understand how furious colonists were over the new stamp tax”. Ben Franklin stayed in England long after the Stamp Act was repealed. He had started another life in England with a new family and left Deborah to take care of everything in America Abigail Adams was another strong influential woman in the Revolutionary War era. Abigail was head of her household and managed the farm, as John was away for 10 years in political affairs. Throughout John Adams career, he often asked Abigail for advice. In letters written back and forth between the couple John asked Abigail for counsel on what to write in The Declaration of Independence, in which she responded ""Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticuliar [sic] care and attention is not paid to the Ladies [sic] we are determined to foment a Rebelion, [sic] and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation." ("National First Ladies' Library", n.d.). One woman who I was not aware of prior to watching this video was…...

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