Kingdom Of Matthias Analysis

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During The Second Great Awakening, the legal rights of men and women were greatly influenced by gender and race. Paul Johnson and Simon Wilentz’s book, The Kingdom of Matthias, describes the life of two young women, Isabella Van Wagenen and Isabella Matthews Laisdell, both of whom men’s power effected. During the nineteenth century, men were the “backbone” of the family; the men made the money, supported, and provided for the family. Throughout the era, women were nothing more than housewives. A woman’s daily job was to cook, clean, and care for the children. The views of motherhood changed over time as the mothers began bearing fewer children. This alteration was made with the intentions of showing each child more attention with the hopes that the family would rise in social standard and class. There are extreme cases of women's social and spiritual roles changing in The Kingdom of Matthias (Kelly, Dustin). The rising market shaped the rights and freedoms of the women in society. Matthias thought that the increasing rights of women degraded his rights as a man and as a laborer (Fiorini, 3/27). Matthias had always claimed that the world was a man's world, and he declared that women were evil and a man's distraction from God. Matthias’ prophecies claimed, “there would be no market, no money, no buying or selling, no wage system with its insidious domination of one father over another, no economic depression of any kind” and that, "everything that has the smell of women, will be destroyed and only real men will be saved; all mock men will be damned (Johnson and Wilentz, The Kingdom of Matthias, 93)”. Before the contributing factors to women’s status change,–The Market Revolution and The Second Great Awakening–they lived exceptionall... ... middle of paper ... ...hey actually had a say on some decisions (Warder, Graham, Dr.). These changes all made Matthias furious; he still believed that men were all powerful. During this era, the two genders-male and female- became only more equal. During the nineteenth century and The Second Great Awakening, the rising market and the changing of women’s roles in society began affecting everything around society. Before the growth of the women’s roles, Matthias and the rest of the men in the community had control over the women, but as the women began gaining freedoms, the men lost their complete control over the ladies, and Matthias began to feel as if his rights as a man and as a laborer had been taken away (Fiorini, 3/10). The book’s has a strong relation to women’s rights during the era of The Second Great Awakening and the equality between men and women during the nineteenth century.

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