Publication Date

Fall 11-18-2019


College of Arts and Sciences


Social Science--Teacher Certification


American South, Revolutionary War, homefront, daily life


United States History


This thesis focuses on the struggles ordinary Americans faced during the War for Independence. Drawing from memoirs, local news reports, and secondary sources, this thesis covers topics such as the broken communities, refugee crises, disease, and shortages caused by war in the American South. It will also describe the hardships endured by enslaved people during this period, with both sides fighting over a freedom that did not apply to them. This thesis will argue that that rather than being passionate idealists willing to voluntarily sacrifice for a great cause, the bulk of the American southerners were ordinary people who made decisions for their own self-preservation and interests. Even so, their sacrifices were vital to the success of the American cause.