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Children and Youth in a New Nation$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757420

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.001.0001

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Martha Jefferson and the American Revolution in Virginia

Martha Jefferson and the American Revolution in Virginia

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Children and Youth in a New Nation

Cynthia A. Kierner

NYU Press

This chapter describes the childhood experiences of Martha “Patsy” Jefferson as she grew up during the Revolutionary War, later placing her life in the broader context of revolutionary childhoods. Those who lived far from the battlefields and army encampments and whose parents avoided military or political service could enjoy a secure and stable family life, perhaps blissfully unaware of the war and its attendant hardships. Others, by contrast, experienced wartime violence in communities under siege, or as camp followers or underage soldiers; many more lost a father or another close relation in the unexpectedly long war that claimed more than twenty-five thousand American lives. Growing up, Martha Jefferson experienceed both extremes.

Keywords:   Martha Jefferson, American Revolution, revolutionary childhoods, wartime childhoods, childhood experiences, Revolutionary War

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