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Billings mixed the serious with the humorous. ” Revolutionary-era songwriters wrote to inspire their listeners. Songs about the events of the day were especially popular because everyone—even those who could not read or write— could join in. ” Some patriotic songs were written by established writers of serious works. ” But most songs seemed to come out of nowhere as anonymous or cooperative productions, evolving as people added to and altered the verses. ” Originally a derogatory (DUR-oga-tore-ee; negative and belittling) ditty sung by the British (it depicted New Englanders as fools), this folk song later became the battle cry of the colonial forces.
The majority of the colonial newspapers were issued weekly and were purchased by subscription by several hundred people. But many more colonists actually heard the news, which was read aloud in taverns. Sharing the news by reading it aloud in public places served two purposes: 1) it made the news available to those unable to pay for a paper, and 2) it informed people of current events even if they were unable to read. ) Loyalist Writers during the Revolutionary Era Not all colonists supported the war effort; many wanted to maintain political ties with Britain.
Education and the sexes There were few opportunities for formal education for women prior to the American Revolution. Their education centered instead on managing a household and raising children. Even though women were the undisputed backbone of the American family unit, for most of the colonial era they were afforded no legal status whatsoever. 20 American Revolution: Almanac The number of skills colonial women had to master to perform their various roles was astonishing. They made their family’s clothing from cloth they produced themselves.