The revolutionary era in America

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During the revolutionary era, American leaders decided to use economic boycotts in their struggle against Britain. The goal of these boycotts was to stop the purchase of imported goods (which could only be purchased from England). For this to be successful, women would have to increase the production of homespun while finding a way to do without certain products that could not be obtained locally. This gave women's domestic roles political significance. The success of …

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…was due to the fact that there was a loophole in the New Jersey constitution. The women were eventually disenfranchised. The revolutionary era may have broken down the barrier confining women from politics, but it did not declare that male and female roles should be the same. A woman's public role was located in her feminine domestic responsibilities. The revolutionary era only opened up new ideas which would later grow into the women's rights movement.