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1708 That Properly Belongs to Every Christian Man, 1708 is part of the Library of Virginia's Working Out Her Destiny exhibit.
Eliza Lucas Pinckney helps introduce the cultivation of indigo to South
Lucy Terry Prince composes "Bars Fight," the earliest known poem by a
black person in America.
1756 Priscilla's Homecoming tells the story of Priscilla, a 10 year old girl taken on a slave ship from Sierra Leone to South Carolina in 1756.
1761 John Wheatley Purchases a Slave Child, July 11, 1761 [Mass Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities]
Courtship of Abigail Smith and John Adams begins.
Phillis Wheatley becomes the first African American to publish a
book: Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.
1774 Juan Bautista de Anza begins overland expeditions from what is now Mexico to the San Francisco Bay area. Patricia Molen van Ee devotes several pages to the women who took part in the expeditions in Women on the Move: Overland Journeys to California.
1774 "Mother" Ann Lee, founder of
the Shakers, establishes the movement's first
permanent settlement in Watervliet, New York.
1774 "The Peculiar Circumstances of the Times" [Digital History] reproduces a letter from Mercy Warren, dated 29 December 1774, to Catharine Macaulay. Warren described the impact of the closing of the port of Boston and of the Coercive Acts.
1775 Abigail Adams Knows "The Die is Cast" [Mass Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities]
1775 Battle of Bunker Hill
1775 Take the Money and Run: April/May 1775 -- Rachel Revere to Paul Revere is part of the exhibit, Spy Letters of the American Revolution [Clements Library, University of Michigan].
1776 Abigail Adams' "Remember the Ladies" letter to John Adams, 31 March 1776. See Selected Manuscripts: Remember the Ladies from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
1780 The sentiments of an American Woman is featured in An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera [Library of Congress]. Read Rosemary Fry Plakas' essay The Sentiments of an American Woman for background.
1780s Martha Washington's Gown, 1780s [Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian]
1781 Jury Decides in Favor of "Mum Bett" Freeman, August 22, 1781 [Mass Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities]
soldier in disguise [Massachusetts Historical Society]
Martha Ballard begins her diary on January 1, 1785.
1786 A Petition by Rachel Lovell Wells, 1786 [Women's Project of New Jersey]
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention approve the Constitution of
the United States.
1789 Martha Washington to Francis B. Washington [Archive of Past Documents, Gilder Lehrman Collection]
1789 Mercy Warren. Autograph letter signed, dated Plimouth [Massachusetts], 20 September 1789, to Catharine Macaulay is one of the letters that is featured in Dear Madam: Letters Between Catharine Macaulay and Mercy Warren
1790 Petition of Mary Katherine Goddard, January 29, 1790 is part of the online exhibit, Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress, 1789-1991.
Gilbert Stuart's portraits of Martha Washington and George Washington.
Griffith v. Griffith's Executors
Historical OverviewsThe American Revolution section of American Women's History: A Research Guide includes information about Bibliographies, Biographical Sources, Historical Overviews, and other sources. See the interview with Cokie Roberts about her book, Founding Mothers, or listen to the interview with Carol Berkin on Revolutionary Mothers [Talking History, 7 July 2005].
Baumgarten, Linda. What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America. Williamsburg and New Haven: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Yale University Press, 2002. Reviewed by David Waldstreicher in Common-Place (October 2003).
Clothing [Colonial Williamsburg Foundation] includes Linda
Baumgarten's essay, "Fashions of Motherhood," a glossary of terms, and
examples of gowns, shoes, and accessories.
Drinker, Elizabeth. The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker. Edited by
Elaine Forman Crane. Boston : Northeastern University Press, c1991.
The Elizabeth Murray Project [California State University, Long Beach] includes a variety of primary sources (letters, advertisements, portraits), an overview of Murray's life, and teaching resources.
Dewees's journal from Philadelphia to Kentucky is part of the The First
American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820.
The Papers of John Jay include numerous letters to and from Jay's wife, Sarah.
Emlen, Robert P. A
House for Widow Brown: Architectural Statement and Social Position in
Providence, 1791 [online]. Old-Time New England 77 (Fall/Winter
Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876 [Database
Online]. Chester, Vt.: Readex, 2004- .
[online]. Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, n.d.
The database America: History & Life offers a simple option
for limiting a search for articles and other sources to a specific time
period. If you are searching for articles that cover the 1700s,
enter 1700h in the "Time Period" row of the search screen. You can
also limit by decade (e.g., 1770d).
See America: History & Life: Searching by Time
Period for an example using another time period.