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Children's Roles During the Revolution Era

Links, articles, pictures of what life was like of families during the revolution.

Children Living During War, Children Working for Peace
  • Primary Documents
  • War
  • Diary Entries from Children
  • Excerpts of letters
Drummer Boys

Great information of ages, the purpose, and the importance of this role.

Young and Brave: Girls Changing History
  • Sybil Ludington plays a crucial role in the help for independence
  • Demonstrates how helpful tasks could be from children
  • Demonstrates as well how women could help out
Evidence of Children at Revolutionary War Sites
  • 10-20% of camp population consisted of families
  • Considered "on the strength"
  • Toys of children were found from war locations
Colonial Life
  • Most battles took place by farms
  • Talks about the role of children at farms
  • Typical gender role jobs
Selections from the Diary of Private Joseph Plumb Martin

Joseph Plumb Martin was born in western Massachusetts in 1760. His father was a pastor who often got in trouble for speaking his mind too freely. At the age of seven, Joseph was sent to live with his affluent grandfather. When the war started in 1775 Martin chafed to enlist but he was too young. Many of Martin's friends had enlisted and Martin was quite susceptible to their peer pressure.

FAMILIES IN THE REVOLUTION: PATRIOTS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
  • Roles of both gender of children
  • The overall family lifestyle
  • A lot of hard work for children