crop Edenton Women

Society of Patriotic Women at Edenton, North Carolina [1774]

Paula Petrik, Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University


In response to the Coercive Acts (several acts designed to restructure colonial government and reduce colonial freedoms passed in 1774), the colonies (except for Georgia) met at Philadelphia in the First Continental Congress. Along with a declaration of principle, the delegates also elected to boycott all British goods and cease exporting American products to Britain and its possessions. Women like those in North Carolina joined with their male counterparts and refused to buy and use British products, especially tea. You may wish to review the particulars of the Coercive Acts in your textbook before dealing with the questions.

Updated | April 2004