Essay on Abigail Adams Before The Declaration Of Independence

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Women who came as indentured servants were usually teenagers. Their lives were similar to a slave however the servant’s service came to an end. They had to obey their owners, and had harsh living conditions. They were treated harshly, received poor quality food, and were separated from their family. In Americans Working Women, it tells us that the indentured servants resisted in the quote “indentured servants had one primary path of resistance open to them: passive resistance, trying to do as little work as possible and to create difficulties for their masters and mistresses.” The servants also were vulnerable to sexual exploitation. Women were held to a high moral standard in that only 40% of women were educated. The ones who were educated had writings in which they spoke freely about wanting more opportunities. An example of this is that Abigail Adams before the Declaration of independence was written “... in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous to them than your ancestor.”
What was the role of a woman in early 19th America, be able to cite specific examples. In preindustrial America, women started drifting away from domestic jobs to more industrial jobs. Women were expected to be pious, and sexual purity was virtue that most women were expected to fulfill. In the quote, “Women also were shopkeepers and innkeepers and engaged in many trades. They were bakers, tin workers,…

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