Constructing Independence. “Winning” a War and defining a New Republic, 1775-1787. Winning the War. Strategic Advantage—Rebels only had to avoid losing George Washington—Battle of Trenton Critical Year—1777—Saratoga—1778 Alliance with France Valley Forge War Shifts to South—Nathaniel Greene.
“Winning” a War and defining a New Republic, 1775-1787
"Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. . . . Emancipating all nations, you insist upon retaining absolute power over Wives. . . . . If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies, we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice or Representation."
Abigail Adams, March 1776 to her husband John Adams, when the Second Continental Congress was drafting the Declaration of Independence