Society of Patriotic Women at Edenton, North Carolina 
Paula Petrik, Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University
- Look at the image carefully and answer the following questions:
- What are the women at the table doing?
- What is happening under the table?
- What other activities are the other women in the room engaged in?
- According to the cartoonist, what happens to women who engage in politics?
- Patriots circumvented many of the early British tax measures by engaging in non-importation of the taxable goods—they refused to import the merchandise. The boycotts, however, were non-consumption strategies—colonists refused to buy or use the products. In this light, answer the following:
- Evaluate the effectiveness of a non-importation strategy versus a non-consumption strategy on the British economy.
- Assess women’s importance in of colonial women’s contribution to each of these strategies.
- What does the cartoon suggest about British attitudes toward patriot activism in the colonies?
Updated | April 2004