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Female Spies

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General Stuart's New Aid
General Stuart's New Aid
Harper's Weekly, April 4, 1863

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“Instead of friends, I see in those statesmen of Washington only mortal enemies. Instead of loving and worshipping the old flag of the stars and stripes, I see in it only the symbol of murder, plunder, oppression, and shame! ”

—Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Confederate Spy. From her book "My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule at Washington," (London: Richard Bently, 1863), 4. Electronic Edition.

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Female Spies of the Revolutionary War

In this lesson, students read biographies of the lesser-known female spies Lydia Darragh, Elizabeth Thompson, and Dicey Langston, all of whom contributed to the Revolutionary War effort in unusual ways. Students then analyze the actions of these women and identify and infer the consequences of their participation both to the conflict and in their lives.

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