The Daughters of Liberty: Women’s History Month, Part 7

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Episode Description:
At the start of the American Revolution, women patriots organized into a group known as the Daughters of Liberty. Like their male counterparts, the Sons of Liberty, women took action, such as boycotts, to protest British policies. For example, they replace imported British tea with "liberty tea," made from leaves, herbs, fruits, and flowers, like goldenrod. Without women's adherence to the boycotts, they would not have been effective.

Script for The Daughters of Liberty: Women’s History Month, Part 7


Women contributed in a variety of ways to the patriot side in the American Revolution.

Women organized into a group known as the Daughters of Liberty.

They took their name from the Sons of Liberty, a group of male Patriots that formed in reaction to the Stamp Act in 1765 to oppose what they regarded as British tyranny.

In response to British taxation, the patriots decided to boycott British goods, such as textiles and tea.

The Daughters of Liberty made the boycotts work; for example,  by organizing "spinning bees" to create homespun textiles.

There were quite a lot of these in New England, and homespun cloth became a patriotic fashion statement.

"Liberty tea," made out of herbs, flowers, and leaves, such as mint, became a stand-in for tea imported from the East India Company.

The vital role of women before the Revolutionary War would intensify as the fighting began. 

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