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Although women had many moral obligations and duties in the home, church and community, they had few political and legal rights in the new republic. Women were pushed to the sidelines as dependents of men, without the power to bring suit, make contracts, own property, or vote. During the era of the " cult of domesticity ," a woman was seen merely as a way of enhancing the social status of her husband.
By the s and 40s, however, the climate began to change when a of bold, outspoken women championed diverse social reforms of prostitution, capital punishment, prisons, war, alcohol, and, most ificantly, slavery. Activists began to question women's subservience to men and called for rallying around the abolitionist movement as a way of calling attention to all human rights.
Two influential Southern sisters, Angelina and Sarah Grimkecalled for women to "participate in the freeing and educating of slaves. Harriet Wilson became the first African-American to publish a novel sounding the theme of racism. The heart and voice of the movement, nevertheless, was in New England. Lucretia Mottan educated Bostonian, was one of the most powerful advocates of reform, who acted as a bridge between the feminist and the abolitionist movement and endured fierce criticism wherever she spoke.
Around the abolitionist movement was split over the acceptance of female speakers and officers. Under the leadership of Stanton, Mott, and Susan B. Anthonythe convention demanded improved laws regarding child custody, divorce, and property rights. They argued that women deserved equal wages and career opportunities in law, medicine, education and the ministry. First and foremost among their demands was suffrage — the right to vote. The women's rights movement in America had begun in earnest.
Amelia Bloomer began publishing The Lilywhich also advocated "the emancipation of women from temperance, intemperance, injustice, prejudice, and bigotry.
As with the Civil War, the seeds of the quest for women's rights were sown in the Declaration of Independence, claiming that "all men are created equal. Thus, in this era of reform and renewal women realized that if they were going to push for equality, they needed to ignore criticism and what was then considered acceptable social behavior.
The new republic's experiment in government was going to need all of its citizens to have "every path laid open" to them. However, the ardent feminists discovered that many people felt women neither should nor could be equal to men. The nation soon became distracted by sectional tension and the climate for reform evaporated.
This important struggle would continue for many generations to come. Report broken link. American History 1. Diversity of Native American Groups b. The Anasazi c. The Algonkian Tribes d. The Iroquois Tribes 2. Britain in the New World a. Early Ventures Fail b. t-Stock Companies c. Jamestown Settlement and the "Starving Time" d. The Growth of the Tobacco Trade e. War and Peace with Powhatan's People f. The House of Burgesses 3. The New England Colonies a. The Mayflower and Plymouth Colony b. William Bradford and the First Thanksgiving c.
Puritan Life e. Dissent in Massachusetts Bay f. Reaching to Connecticut g.
Witchcraft in Salem 4. The Middle Colonies a. New Netherland to New York b. Quakers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey c. City of Brotherly Love — Philadelphia d. The Ideas of Benjamin Franklin 5. The Southern Colonies a. Maryland — The Catholic Experiment b. Indentured Servants c. Creating the Carolinas d. Debtors in Georgia e. Life in the Plantation South 6. African Americans in the British New World a. The Growth of Slavery d.
Slave Life on the Farm and in the Town e. Free African Americans in the Colonial Era f. A New African-American Culture 7. The Beginnings of Revolutionary Thinking a. The Impact of Enlightenment in Europe b. The Great Awakening c. The Trial of John Peter Zenger d. Smuggling e. A Tradition of Rebellion f. America's Place in the Global Struggle a. New France b. The French and Indian War c. George Washington's Background and Experience d. The Treaty of Paris and Its Impact 9. The Events Leading to Independence a.
The Royal Proclamation of b. The Stamp Act Controversy c. The Boston Patriots d. The Townshend Acts e. The Boston Massacre f. The Tea Act and Tea Parties g. The Intolerable Acts E Pluribus Unum a. Stamp Act Congress b. Sons and Daughters of Liberty c. Committees of Correspondence d. First Continental Congress e.
Second Continental Congress f. Thomas Paine's Common Sense g. The Declaration of Independence The American Revolution a. American and British Strengths and Weaknesses b. Loyalists, Fence-sitters, and Patriots c.
Lexington and Concord d. Bunker Hill e. The Revolution on the Home Front f. Washington at Valley Forge g. The Battle of Saratoga h. The French Alliance i. Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris Societal Impacts of the American Revolution a. The Impact of Slavery b. A Revolution in Social Law c. Political Experience d. When Does the Revolution End? The Declaration of Independence and Its Legacy b.
The Loyalists d. Revolutionary Changes and Limitations: Slavery e. Revolutionary Changes and Limitations: Women f. Revolutionary Limits: Native Americans g. Revolutionary Achievement: Yeomen and Artisans h. The Age of Atlantic Revolutions Making Rules a. State Constitutions b. Articles of Confederation c. Evaluating the Congress d. The Economic Crisis of the s Drafting the Constitution a. Shays' Rebellion b. A Cast of National Superstars c.Seeking 1825 female who needs a home
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