Voices Of Revolutionary America: Contemporary Accounts Of Daily Life, 1st Edition

  • Carol Sue Humphrey
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  • ISBN-10: 0313377332
  • ISBN-13: 9780313377334
  • DDC: 973.3
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 270 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released January 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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Much attention has been paid to the strategic battles of the American Revolution, but information about the social history and daily lives of those who lived during this historic period is far less common. How did soldiers relieve their boredom between battles? What was it like for women and children at home? And how were civilian slaves affected by the war?

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
How to Evaluate Primary Documents.
Chronology of Events from the Accession of George III to the Throne of Great Britain to the End of the American Revolution, 1760–1783.
1: Disruption and Continuation of Daily Life.
2: Regular Routines in Life: Newspaper Obituaries (1768–1782).
3: A Fact of Life: Newspaper Reports of Accidental Deaths (1773–1783).
4: Trials of Daily Life: Newspaper Advertisements about Spousal Abuse and Abandonment (1775–1776).
5: The Dangers of Daily Life: Newspaper Accounts of Fires (1771–1776).
6: The Difficulties of Running a Household during wartime: temperance smith's Account (1775).
7: Living under Fire during War: Timothy Newell's Journal (1775).
8: Some Things in Life Continue, Even in War: Newspaper Accounts of Weddings (1767–1775).
9: The Trials of Life: Newspaper Advertisements for Lost and Found Animals (1775–1776).
10: Wars Eventually End: Anna Rawle's Diary (1781).
11: Economics and Employment.
12: Headaches during Wartime: Government Efforts to Deal with Economic Problems (1774–1782).
13: The Daily Necessities of Life Get Caught up in the Revolution: Newspaper Advertisements for Cloth (1773–1775).
14: Getting Needed Information: Newspaper Advertisements for Almanacs (1775).
15: War Produces Property Destruction: Robert Morton's Diary (1777).
16: Trials of Wartime: Advertisements in the Connecticut Courant Reflect the Scarcity of Supplies (1776–1777).
17: Daily Trials: Newspaper Reports of the Impact of Weather on Daily Life (1771–1780).
18: Fun and Games.
19: Continuing to Learn How to Have Fun: Philip Fithian's Diary (1773).
20: Having Fun Even during Wartime: Sarah Wister's Journal (1777).
21: Seeking Relief and Relaxation: Reports of Theater Productions during the War (1776–1778).
22: Health and Medicine.
23: Dealing with Illnesses: Nicholas Cresswell's Diary (1774).
24: Preventive Medicine: Accounts of Smallpox Inoculations in the Army (1776–1777).
25: Impact of Smallpox Inoculations on a family: letter from abigail adams to John Adams (July 13, 1776).
26: Death Omnipresent: Dr. Lewis Beebe's Diary (1776).
27: Epidemics an Ongoing Problem: Joseph Plumb Martin Describes a Yellow Fever Epidemic in the Continental Army (1782).
28: Love, Marriage, and Family.
29: Raising Children: Eleazar Moody's The School of Good Manners (1772).
30: War Drives Families Apart: Letter from Benjamin Franklin to William Franklin (October 6, 1773).
31: Managing the Family Business: Abigail and John Adams (1776–1778, 1783).
32: Moving as the Armies Move: Baroness von riedesel's journal (november 1778-February 1779).
33: War Splits Families: Letter from Timothy Pickering Jr., to His Father (February 23, 1778).
34: Raising Children: Letters between Thomas Jefferson and His Daughter Martha (1783, 1787).
35: Religion.
36: Different Cultures: Native American Christianity, Nicholas Cresswell's Diary (1775).
37: Religion Influences Action: The schwenkfelders' declaration against Service in the Militia (1777).
38: The Issue of Religious Freedom: Boston Supports Religion for the Sake of Order in Its Response to the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights of 1780 (May 12, 1780).
39: The Question of Public Support for Organized Religion: Ashby, Massachusetts, Opposes Enforced Public Support in Its Response to the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights of 1780 (June 2, 1780).
40: The Revolt against Great Britain Is a Bad Idea: Jonathan Boucher Preaches a Sermon in Opposition to Revolution (1775).
41: The Revolt against Great Britain Is a Good Idea: Abraham Keteltas Preaches a Sermon in Support of Revolution (1777).
42: Slavery.
43: Growing Opposition to Slavery: Petition Seeking Freedom (1777).
44: Growing Opposition to Slavery: Legal Arguments against the Institution in Massachusetts (1780, 1783).
45: Advertisements for Runaway Apprentices and Slaves (1775–1780).
46: Let's Free the Slaves: Letter from Alexander Hamilton to John Jay (March 14, 1777).
47: Growing Questions about Slavery: Essay by Caesar Sarter (1774).
48: The Church Questions the Institution of slavery: essay by the reverend samuel Hopkins (1776).
49: War and Local Conflict.
50: Conflicts on the Frontier during the War: Indian Attacks (1773–1777).
51: Naval Service during War: Andrew SherburnE's Memoir (1779).
52: “Hard Winter”: Joseph Plumb Martin's Memoir (1779–1780).
53: Impact of War on the People: Letter from Nathaniel Greene to His Wife, Catherine (January 12, 1781).
54: The Horrors of Civil War: Descriptions of Conflicts between Patriots and Loyalists (1781).
Biographical Sketches of Important Individuals Mentioned in the Text.
Glossary of Terms Mentioned in the Text.