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-To what extent did the American Revolution fundamentally change American society? In your answer, be sure to address the political, social, and economic effects of the Revolution in the period from 1775 to 1800.

The American Revolution changed American society in many ways. The view on women was changed from being an ordinary housewife to being a nurse to aid the wounded soldiers and taking their husbands jobs while they were at war. The relationship between the Native Americans and the Americans changed drastically as treaties were not kept; along with African American slaves and the relationship between non-slave states and those who kept slaves. The government of America and the patriotism towards the growing nation also changed. The American Revolution brought about many changes that were good, but at the same time bad.

The view on women before the American Revolution was being there to cook, clean, and bare children to populate the growing nation. During the American Revolution though, many wives would follow the camp sites and acted as nurses to aid the men. By looking at Document A, a woman is shown holding a musket and preparing for revolution. While the men were at war, jobs were left open and available for women to take. To keep the economy stable and going, many women took on their husbands jobs to keep an income. (Document A) A woman that was known throughout society was the wife of John Adams, Abigail Adams. Abigail Adams helped Thomas Jefferson keep track of Shay's Rebellion and made sure she was caught up on current events. Abigail Adams was a woman who showed that a woman could be involved with the men and politics. (Document G) In Document J, Molly Wallace addressed the education of women after the American Revolution. Molly Wallace points out that just because they were women did not mean that they did not have a right to appear outside of the domestic aspect of American daily life. (Document J) Women did change the way they were viewed after the American Revolution.

American society and the Native Americans have either gotten along really well or disagreed and were at some point of conflict. In July 1783, a message to Congress from the Chickasaw Chiefs stated that the natives were happy that peace was finally found between the Americans and natives. After the American Revolution, the King of England called the troops from America and away from the natives. This caused the relationship to be better than it was before the American Revolution. (Document C) With this peace came problems. Three years later a speech by the United Indian Nations at the Confederate Council showed that the peace that was created, was not actually being followed. After the American Revolution, peace was made between America and Britain, but not with the natives. The American Revolution changed the relationship between the natives and Americans. (Document E) Along with the Natives,



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