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Native American Men and Women in Early America

1-How does reading about Native American women help you rethink preconceptions you may have had about women's roles and power in early America? If you had lived in the colonial period, which group would you have wanted to belong to and why?

2- How did geography impact the lives of women in early America? In other words, did where you lived effect your day to day life in colonial America? If so, how? Provide examples from at least two different geographical areas to support your points.

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Indentured Servants were people, male or female, often young, who agreed to work for someone for a set number of years, usually 7, in return for passage to the colonies. There were other ways to become an indentured servant, but this method was the most common in the early colonial period. Large percentages of early colonists were indentured servants. Many were treated somewhat harshly, but had at least some legal rights in contrast to slaves who usually did not.
Read Chapters 1 and 2, "America in the World: To 1650" and "Colonial Worlds, 1607-1750" in Through Women's Eyes. You should read everything, including all primary source documents. Also, pay particular attention to the illustrations.

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Q&A: US Colonial History

1-How does reading about Native American women help you rethink preconceptions you may have had about women's roles and power in early America? If you had lived in the colonial period, which group would you have wanted to belong to and why?

When we think of the Colonial days, we imagine to ourselves, especially at the onset a very traditionally organized colony with small 'social groups' organized by faith and interests (take for example the Quakers and the Pilgrims) whose very orthodox and conservative culture follows a strictly 'Christian', strictly Biblical Patriarchy. Roles are inhabited according to the scripture and this must be played out in the day-to-day even as the colony or the pioneering social groups is struggling with the demands of establishing a society in the new world. Men lead, dabbled in politics ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a Q&A guide on American Colonial History, focusing on the work of Dumenil & Dubois, foremost feminist historians on US History. Questions regarding key events and social situations during the colonial period are answered including reflective narratives that present opinions regarding preconceptions (Native American Women, Indentured Black Women Slaves, etc.) and key concepts (i.e. impact of geography to life of colonial women). A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing. Additional references are provided for easy expansion of presented ideas.

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