After choosing a trade to analyze from the Colonial Williamsburg site, you will then prepare your project in which you must answer the following questions in addition to providing any other information you feel is relevant:
- What races or classes of women might be involved in this trade?
- What do you think her day to day life was like?
- How might her involvement in this trade have effected her family relationships?
- What consequences would industrialization have on her ability to work in this trade?
- How does women's involvement in this trade support or challenge prevailing gender expectations in this period?
- Does knowing that women were involved in this trade change your mental picture of women in this period? How?
Be sure to use APA citation format wherever necessary. This paper should be written in an essay format and should be approximately 2-3 pages in length.
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OTA 105878/Xenia Jones
Colonial Female Occupation: Servant
A visit to Colonial Williamsburg's official website led me to a page about 'The Great Hopes Plantation' where a modern rendition image of a black African woman working on the farm. It is easy to presume that she was an 'owned slave' - purchased perhaps, by the plantation owner from the many slave traders in Colonial Virginia. It is much more positive however to assume that she is an indentured servant, one who is under contract and is paid to serve the plantation owner as a farm labourer, a cook, a nurse, a gardener or an all around helper to the family and their farm - this way the imagined labourer gets paid for her labours and is protected by a contract. But, Colonial Williamsburg being a representative of the many New England colonies in the early days of US Colonialisation, slave rights is not yet standard with patriarchy setting the tone for society. Women's rights were not yet instituted and the men decide for their wives, sisters, daughters and even at times, mothers. Abigail Adams, an advocate for Women's freedoms urged her husband prior to the writing of the declaration of Independence,
I desire you would remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands.
Women's rights however took a few centuries to be upheld as right and due. Which brings me back ...
The solution presents a detailed profile of the responsibilities, expectations, day-to-day work, lifestyle and family as well as social relationships of a Slave girl in Colonial Williamsburg. The profile of a slave family is also explored especially how this is influenced by their position in a colonial plantation - their rights, freedoms, restrictions, family arrangements and hopes for the future. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing. The solution follows the APA format. References are provided.