In the early 1600’s when the British found the New World, which is now present day United States. Women and African Americans did not have much say in how this New World would be governed. Both men and women had society pressure on them to marry. Young girls were often married by the age of 13 or 14, if women were not married by 25, it was humiliating. Marriage was mostly for economic reasons, not romantic. Once the women got married, they would legally become one with their husbands. Women were supposed to depend on the men to provide for the family. The women’s contribute was to care for the children, cook, sew, garden, and clean. They would also sell eggs, make butter and cheese, brew beer, and make cloth for the family. If the men of the household was a shopkeeper, the women would help keep the books and the shop running if the man was out of town or sick. Married women had no control of their earnings, inheritance, property, and also could not appear in court as a witness, or vote. Their husbands were responsible for their wife including discipline. Although, Widows had the upper hand, they had control over their property, but they could only receive up to one-third of her deceased husband’s p...
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...and the south was against it. The proclamation broke out into the Civil War. The Civil War lasted from 1861-1865. The preliminary issue of Emancipation Proclamation took in effect on January 1, 1863, which freed all slaves in the southern states, but except those on the border. Unfortunately, Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, he did not get to see the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, get passed before his death.
The women’s role started out with little if any at all credit for the things they would do, in my opinion, they had the hardest jobs. Slaves were here just to make the white mens’ jobs easier. Since 1865, the United States has passed the equal rights for women and well as blacks. When people started to voice out their opinions, the nations way of thinking changed. We, as a nation, have come so far with the economy, and government since the 1600’s.
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