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Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions$
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Lisa L. Moore, Joanna Brooks, and Caroline Wigginton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199743483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199743483.001.0001

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Hannah Griffitts (1727–1817)

Hannah Griffitts (1727–1817)

(p.137) Twenty-Three Hannah Griffitts (1727–1817)
Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions
Lisa L. Moore, Joanna Brooks, Caroline Wigginton
Oxford University Press

Hannah Griffitts belonged to a network of women writers centered on Philadelphia during the eighteenth century. As a Quaker, she was raised in a tradition of gender egalitarianism. In 1768, Griffitts composed a poem, “The Female Patriots. Address’d to the Daughters of Liberty in America,” in which she encourages other women to exercise their political agency and participate in boycotts to protest three laws that imposed heavy taxes on commodities needed by British colonists in North America: Sugar Act (1764), Stamp Act (1765), and Townshend Duties (1767). This chapter features “The Female Patriots”.

Keywords:   poem, Hannah Griffitts, Quaker, gender egalitarianism, women, boycotts, taxes, commodities, North America, Sugar Act, Stamp Act, Townshend Duties

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