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Post Civil War Roles for Women and Women's Political Organizations

Page history last edited by Robert W. Maloy 2 months, 1 week ago


A purple silk banner with gold fringe and the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs' motto (1910)

Charlotte Forten Grimké helped found The National Association of Colored Women's Clubs


Topics on the Page


Women's Roles in the Civil War



  • Harriet Tubman   


Post War Changes



  • Charlotte Forten Grimké 


  • The Invention of the Typewriter and Women's Roles in Offices


Teaching Resources







Women's Roles in the War


"Our Women and the War" by Winslow Homer. From Harper’s Weekly, September 6, 1862


Background information on Women's Roles during the Civil War 


Information on Roles at Home during the war


Here's a four minute video on the role of Women during the Civil War, including as soldiers.


Here's a "Sound Smart" video from the History Channel on Women in the Civil War.


 Women's Diaries during the Civil War from women involved in the war.


Post-War Changes


After the devastation of the Civil War, women were not so eager to go back to the societal expectation of what a woman should be, instead taking on more traditionally male roles and occupations. 



Overview on Post-Bellum Changes 



A resource collection on Women and The Reconstruction


Here is a Crash Course video on Women's Suffrage which also involves women's roles after the Civil War.


Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was a major figure during Civil War and Reconstruction, as she is one of the main figures associated with The Underground Railroad


Video on new information about Tubman


Article from the National Archives on the shift from slave women to free women post-war.


Here is a "Drunk History" video on Harriet Tubman's history as a spy for the Union Army.



Charlotte Forten Grimké 

Black and white photo of Charlotte Forten Grimké from the shoulder up.

Charlotte Forten Grimké was born to free parents in 1837. She was a part of the black elite and was educated by private tutors.


In the 1850s, she became involved in the abolition movement and began publishing in The Liberator. She taught emancipated slaves on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and chronicled her time there.


This publication built support from white people to help poor and emancipated families have necessary materials while also raising money for black schools in the South.


In 1896, she helped found the National Association of Colored Women.


Click here to read part one of Life on the Sea Islands published in The Atlantic Monthly.


  Click here for a two minute cartoon video on her life as the first African American student amongst white students in Massachusetts, the first African American to teach free slaves in the South, and as a lifetime abolitionist


Secretary at typewriter 1912


 The Invention of the Typewriter and Women's Roles in Offices


The Invention of the Typewriter


A Guide to Doing History with Objects:  Women and the Typewriter



How the Typewriter Got Women into the Office



Nine Striking Facts about the History of the Typewriter




Learning Resources




Presentation on Pre-and Post-War roles for women


Here is a lesson plan for grades 6-12 on women in the civil war using primary sources


Here is a lesson module on women's suffrage in the United States.




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