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    Gender Roles in Nineteenth Century America

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    This solution briefly compares the roles of men and women in the middle class and working class families during the last half of the nineteenth century.

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    As you investigate this era, please allow these notes to help you:

    First, please note that gender roles were quite rigid during this era. For example, women and their homes served as symbols of middle class lifestyles. Based on industrialization and immigration concerns, Americans seemed to relish "the idea of a romantic idealized space where children, morality, and culture could flourish without the influence of industrialization" (http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA02/rodriguez/GildedAge/gilded%20age%20Home%20page.html).

    Again, middle class gender roles were also quite rigid based on popular books of manners. These books dictated that ...

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    This posting offers ideas about men and women in American history of the 19th Century.