Episode 5: Revolutionary Ladies of the American Revolution

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words "wife", "daughter", "sister", and "mother" superimposed over a painting of women working on the American flag

Politics, poetry, and power: In this episode, Claire and Catarina talk about women, namely Molly/Mary Brant (also known as Konwatsi’tsiaienni and Degonwadonti) and African poet, Phyllis Wheatley. Our co-hosts Claire and Catarina take a dive into Iroquois social structure, works of poetry, and what it meant to be a strong woman in a time that valued quiet obedience.

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  1. The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, “Mary Brant,” Encyclopedia Britannica, April 12, 2022, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mary-Brant; “Molly Brant,” History of American Women: Colonial Women ❘ 18th – 19th Century Women ❘ Civil War Women, accessed September 13, 2022, Molly Brant | History of American Women (womenhistoryblog.com).
  2. National Park Service, “Konwatsi’tsiaienni – Molly Brant,” NPS, October 8, 2022, Konwatsi’tsiaienni — Molly Brant (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).
  3. “Molly Brant,” History of American Women.
  4. Ibid.
  5. “Konwatsi’tsiaienni – Molly Brant,” NPS.
  6. “Mary Brant,” Encyclopedia Britannica.
  7. “Molly Brant,” History of American Women.
  8. Ibid.
  9. “Konwatsi’tsiaienni – Molly Brant,” NPS; “Molly Brant,” History of American Women.
  10. “Molly Brant,” History of American Women.
  11. “Konwatsi’tsiaienni – Molly Brant,” NPS.
  12. “Molly Brant,” History of American Women.
  13. Jan V. Noel, “Revisiting Gender in Iroquoia” in Gender and Sexuality in Indigenous North America, 1400-1850, eds. Sandra Slater and Fay A. Yarbrough (University of South Carolina Press, 2012), 67.
  14. “Mary Brant,” Encyclopedia Britannica.
  15. “Konwatsi’tsiaienni – Molly Brant,” NPS.
  16. “Molly Brant,” History of American Women.
  17. Ibid.
  18. Christiana Wong, “Female image in Vogue magazine: A pictorial analysis of facial and body language,” accessed October 5, 2022, ChristyWongVogueSeniorProject.pdf (yale.edu).
  19. Noel, “Revisiting Gender,” 54.
  20. Ibid.
  21. Ibid., 60.
  22. Ibid., 61.
  23. Ibid.
  24. Ibid., 63.
  25. Ibid., 65.
  26. Maeve Kane, “‘She Did Not Open Her Mouth Further’: Haudenosaunee Women as Military and Political Targets during and after the American Revolution,” in Women in the American Revolution: Gender, Politics, and the Domestic World, ed. Barbara B. Oberg (University of Virginia Press, 2019), https://www.jstor.com/stable/j.ctvfc56hw.9., 85.
  27. Sondra A. O’Neale, “Phillis Wheatley,” Poetry Foundation, accessed October 3, 2022, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/phillis-wheatley; Eleanor Smith, “Phillis Wheatley: A Black Perspective,” The Journal of Negro Education 43, no. 3 (Summer, 1974): 401-407, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2966531?searchText=phillis+wheatley&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3Dphillis%2Bwheatley&ab_segments=0%2Fbasic_search_gsv2%2Fcontrol&refreqid=fastly-default%3A91bd93e87879722dd2db95cb06182a6c&seq=5#metadata_info_tab_contents.
  28. O’Neale, “Phillis Wheatley.”
  29. Smith, “Phillis Wheatley,” 402.
  30. Anna Khomina, “A Poet Enslaved and Enlightened,” U.S. History Scene, accessed October 3, 2022, https://ushistoryscene.com/article/phillis-wheatley/
  31. Smith, “Phillis Wheatley,” 402.
  32. Ibid., 405.
  33. O’Neale, “Phillis Wheatley.”
  34. Ibid., 401-07.
  35. Khomina, “A Poet Enslaved.”
  36. Ibid.
  37. O’Neale, “Phillis Wheatley.”
  38. Ibid.
  39. Ibid.; Smith, “Phillis Wheatley,” 407.
  40. Find A Grave, “Phillis Wheatley,” Find A Grave, accessed October 3, 2022, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6643184/phillis-wheatley.
  41. Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (London: A Bell, 1773): 73.
  42. Ibid.
  43. Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, “Programs,” Phillis Wheatley Community Center, accessed October 3, 2022, https://www.phylliswheatley.org/programs.