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...colonial laws did not limit the amount of force masters could use against their slaves. Servants alike were brutally beaten for insubordination of any one law or order administered by the colonial government i.e. white men. This made the reality of living in the New World for indentured servants, women, and slaves a nightmarish pipe dream. Single women were degraded and exploited by white men. It did not matter what kind of labor a woman did, she was not compensated nearly as much as men were. Women that were fortunate enough to become a wife were in their early teens fresh out of childhood and ordered to submit to their husbands on every level of submission. Likewise, husbands were to treat their wives not as a servant but as his own flesh, governing their wives out of compassion and love. However, married or not, women did not possess equal rights compared to men.
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