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Transcript of Daily Life
during the American Revolution
The Children: Girls
most boys over 7 would enlist in the war
The Slaves/ Minorities
Sadly, out of 2 million African-Americans, one half of the population were slaves
Boys in the War
Since girls couldn't fight in the war they actually did a lot to contribute to the war at home.
after the husbands left the women had two choices; take care of the house and kids or put an effort towards the war and send the kids off to help as well
How to Play:
BY: Izzy Acheson and Tylar Brinkley
Choice 1: Take care of the house
most families at the time were farmers or small businesses
the women will either take care of the farm and the animals or take care of the small business
Choice 2: Help the war cause
most women would either sell or rent out their farm or business
the women would send the boys off to be drummers or messengers and the girls to a school( if they had enough money)
The Women in the War
most women would bring their daughters along if they couldn't afford to send them to school
the women would go along with the troops and either wash laundry, cook, or clean the campsites
some women called Molly Pitchers would even participate in the war
unlike girls today, the women in the war would only have 3-5 outfits and bathe only a few times a year
this is a Molly Pitcher, she is loading a canon
most boys from ages 7-12 would enlist in the war as drummers, fife players, bugle players, or message carriers
boys at the age of 16 could become soldiers
"American Revolution." for Kids: Daily Life During the Revolutionary War. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <http://www.ducksters.com/history/americ
The Women Helping the War
Most wealthy women would stay home and take care of their homes or businesses
The wealthy women would put together fundraisers to raise money and food to send to the troops
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ester Berdt Reed, the founder of the Ladies Association of Philadelphia organized and put together a food drive and a clothing materials fundraiser to give to the troops in the American Continental Army. She and the women who worked with her raised $7,500 to put towards the fundraiser's clothing production. The rest of the money went to buying needed materials for the troops.
"Women and the Revolutionary War." Women and the Revolutionary War. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <http://www.historycentral.com/Revolt/Am
Boys Staying at Home
most boys who would stay home would either have really wealthy parents or be too injured to participate
what would they do:
the older boys who wanted to help would make wooden toys for the boys off at war; they would take a block of wood and carve it into a figure to ship it off
"Colonial Daily Life during the American Revolution for Kids." Colonial Daily Life during the American Revolution for Kids. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <http://americanhistory.mrdonn.org/revolution-dailylife.html>.
If too many soldiers got injured or killed, the drummer boys would sometimes step in and join the fight
Rufus Landon, a young boy enlisted in the war in February, 1776. He was enlisted as a drummer boy. Once he became old enough to become a soldier he stayed a drummer boy. The generals were so impressed with his dedication they sent him to Fort Ticonderoga, New York to become Captain John Biglow's head drummer. Sadly, Landon died in battle after taking the place of one of Biglow's soldiers
Revolutionary War - Sons of the American Revolution - Rufus Landon, Revolutionary War Drummer." Revolutionary War - Sons of the American Revolution - Rufus Landon, Revolutionary War Drummer. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <http://www.revolutionarywararchives.org
Another one third of the population of African-Americans didn't even support the effort to the war
sometimes, if the boys had wealthier parents they wouldn't have to go off to war but they would still help the war effort by going off and helping their moms
most of the time the wealthier families didn't even care so the families didn't even contribute to the war effort
Young girls would follow in the steps of their mothers and learn how to cook meals, sew, do the laundry, and take care of other people
Once at the age of 15 or 16 the girls could be sent off with the troops and do the "female" work around the camp which included washing the soldiers uniforms, cleaning up the campsites, and cooking for many men
Deborah Sampson, a young farm girl, her father died out at sea when she was very young. As she grew older her mother didn't have enough money to take care of her, so, she sent her off to work on a farm. Deborah thought she should help the cause and she faked being a boy, "Robert" and went off to war. She fought very bravely with her troops and her fellow soldiers were proud of "Robert". Sadly, "Robert" was shot in the leg and the head. Deborah let the doctor treat her head injury but not her leg in fear of losing her cover. Following that, she got extremely sick and her fellow soldiers found out about "Robert" and they sent her home on a honorary leave.
Girls in the War
Very few young girls from the ages 10-19 even could participate in the fighting
The rest of the African-American population were either fighting in the war or supporting it in the best ways possible
The African-Americans in the War
The African-American population didn't get much credit in their effort put towards the war
Actually, almost 15% of the American generals were African-American
The African-Americans fought just as hard as the white soldiers but in campsites there was a lot of segregation amongst the soldiers. They had the "black" side of camp and the "white" side of camp
Peter Salem, an ordinary slave, one day asked his master to contribute to the war effort and since his master agreed Peter Salem went off and fought in the battles of Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, and Saratoga. He didn't gain much recognition until at the Battle of Bunker Hill, the American troops were about to flee when the British Commander Major John Pitcairn shouted "the day is ours!" on the top of a hill. Salem picked up a gun and shot the Major allowing the Americans to continue fighting safely
The game we are going to play is the "Hoop game"
We are going to be playing the "girl' version of this game because the "boy" version requires too much space
find a partner of your choice, line up 5 feet away from your partner facing he/she. Have one partner holding the hula hoop with the two sticks and the other only with two sticks, no hula hoop
toss the hula hoop back and forth only using the force it gets off the sticks. YOU CANNOT USE YOUR HANDS OR ANY OTHER BODY PART!
keep going until one partner drops the hula hoop, keep track of your score. The winning team gets a prize
Young girls would use their sewing skills to make dresses and extra pairs of shirts and pants to send along with their family or friends when they went off to war
Many young girls (ages 6-7) would make dolls to send along with their fathers as talismans
Damon M. and Julia T.
Coby M. and Brittany M.