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The American Republic

Republican motherhood

The Revolutionary War brought a shift in women’s roles.

Managed farms and businesses

Fought in battle or defended their homes

Organized boycotts

Supported war effort

Republican motherhood encouraged mothers to raise their sons to be patriotic future leaders and their daughters to be intelligent, patriotic, and competent so they could run households and educate their own children.

Judith Sargent Murray, a contemporary author, maintained that young women should be educated in reasoning, not just household skills.

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