Jocelyn is an 18 years old (1770) girl living in Boston with her father. Her father and she came to America to search for a better life where they could become anyone they want. However, she struggles as her opposition against Britain and her father’s loyalty and desire to remain attached to Britain clash. In 1775, Despite her father’s strong opposition, she volunteers as an army nurse during the revolutionary wars. This journal tells about her story throughout the whole American Revolution from 1770 to 1783.
As shown in the journal, various things have changed after the American Revolution. More people were involved in politics, as it gave political power to all the white men who owned property. Out of monarchy, America had a president leading their country, and Britain was no more in control of their laws. Additionally, birth was not destiny anymore: anyone could become anything they wanted to. However, some things remained the same. White, rich men were still in charge. On the contrary, women like Jocelyn had no political power, slaves stayed the same as slaves, and Native Americans even got worse treatment after the Revolution. Although American Revolution had its limits on its results, it is still considered a valuable historical event as it showed people’s power to fight for their liberty.