Properly Belongs to Every Christian Man, 1708 is part of the Library
of Virginia's Working Out Her
Eliza Lucas Pinckney helps introduce the cultivation of indigo to South
A brief profile of Eliza
Lucas Pinckney appears in Enterprising Women: 250
Years of American Business.
Lucy Terry Prince composes "Bars Fight," the earliest known poem by a
black person in America.
Lucy Terry Prince
Composes Poem [Mass Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for the
Humanities] provides information about Prince and the text of the poem.
Homecoming tells the story of Priscilla, a 10 year old girl taken on a
slave ship from Sierra Leone to South Carolina in 1756.
Purchases a Slave Child, July 11, 1761 [Mass Moments, Massachusetts
Foundation for the Humanities]
Courtship of Abigail Smith and John Adams begins.
Family Papers: An Electronic Archive includes images and
transcriptions of their letters during this and later periods.
Phillis Wheatley becomes the first African American to publish a
book: Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.
on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral is part of The New York
Public Library's Digital
Schomburg African American Women Writers
of the 19th Century.
The Massachusetts Historical Society's From
Our Cabinet feature includes images of the title page and
frontpiece of the book, as well as a poem in Wheatley's hand.
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.
"Mother" Ann Lee, founder of
the Shakers, establishes the movement's first
permanent settlement in Watervliet, New York.
Shaker Historic District is featured on National Park
Where Women Made History site.
Peculiar Circumstances of the Times" 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.
Abigail Adams Knows
"The Die is Cast" [Mass Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for the
Battle of Bunker Hill
The Massachusetts Historical Society's online exhibit, The Decisive Day is Come: The Battle
of Bunker Hill, includes a June 18, 1775 Letter from
Abigail Adams to John Adams.
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].
Abigail Adams' "Remember the Ladies" letter to John Adams, 31 March 1776.
Manuscripts: Remember the Ladies from the Massachusetts Historical
Knox to Henry Knox, August 23, 1777, part of the Treasures of
the Collection exhibit [Gilder Lehrman Institute of American
Mary Katharine Goddard is the printer of the first copy of the
of Independence with the typeset names of the signers.
See the profile
of Goddard in the Enterprising Women
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.
Washington's Gown, 1780s [Legacies: Collecting America's History at
Jury Decides in
Favor of "Mum Bett" Freeman, August 22, 1781
[Mass Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for the
soldier in disguise [Massachusetts Historical Society]
Deborah Sampson enlisted in the Continental Army under the name "Robert
Shurtliff." This site reproduces a letter by Paul Revere in support of a
military pension for Deborah Sampson Gannett.
Sampson, Continental Soldier [Old South Meeting House,
Boston, 29 September 2004]
"Join historian Alfred Young, author of Masquerade, and Pulitzer Prize
winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, in examining Americans' public
memory of Sampson and other Revolutionary-era women. Performer and
storyteller Joan Gatturna brings Deborah Sampson to life in a dramatic
Martha Ballard begins her diary on January 1, 1785.
See Martha Ballard's Diary
Petition by Rachel Lovell Wells, 1786 [Women's Project of New Jersey]
Warren to Catherine Macaulay, 28 September 1787
Washington to Francis B. Washington [Archive of Past Documents, Gilder
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
Petition of Mary
January 29, 1790 is part of the online exhibit, Birth of the
Nation: The First Federal Congress, 1789-1991.
Griffith v. Griffith's Executors
An overview of Griffith
v. Griffith's Executors: 1798, taken from Women's Rights on
(Gale, 1996), is available online.
The 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
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.
Drinker, a Philadelphia Quaker, kept a diary from 1758 until her death in
Journal of Elizabeth Drinker, part of the African in America [PBS], includes
Drinker's observations on the effects of the Yellow Fever epidemic
See the theme
issue on Elizabeth Drinker in Pennsylvania History 68
Dewees's journal from Philadelphia to Kentucky is part of the The First
American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820.
Dewees describes her journey from Philadelphia to Lexington,
Kentucky. Dated Sept. 27, 1788-Feb. 11 1788 [i.e. 1789].
Papers of John Jay include numerous letters to and from Jay's
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- .
Check with your academic library to determine if you have access to this
commercial database. More
information, including an annotated guide to
newspapers in the collection, is available from Readex.
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.
American Women Through Time
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