ERIC Number: ED186340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Women in American History: A Series. Book One, Women in the Colonial Era and The Early American Republic 1607-1820.
The document, one in a series of four on women in American history, discusses women in the Colonial Era and the Early American Republic (1607-1820). Designed to supplement high school U.S. history textbooks, five chapters are devoted to women who were both famous and those who were not well known. Chapter I focuses on women in the founding days. Pocahontas, poet Anne Bradstreet, and religious dissenter Anne Hutchison are discussed. The plight of female indentured servants and black slaves is portrayed through writings and advertisements from that period. Chapter II covers women, family, and home in colonial times. The lives of black, white, and Native American women are contrasted. Chapter III focuses on colonial occupations of women. Diary excerpts depict lives of female shopkeepers, plantation managers, printers, doctors and midwives, innkeepers, and school mistresses. Chapter IV, "Women in the American Revolution," discusses the Daughters of Liberty groups and the role of women in the war effort. Chapter V is concerned with the rights of women during this era. Letters and diaries portray women who questioned their subordinate role in society, marriage, and education. The chapter concludes, however, that by the 19th century, the passive, ornamental lady set forth in ladies' books and female academies was becoming the ideal of femininity. Questions and suggested activities are provided at the end of each chapter. (KC)
Descriptors: American Indians, Blacks, Colonial History (United States), Females, Feminism, Learning Activities, Occupations, Revolutionary War (United States), Secondary Education, Sex Discrimination, Sex Role, Social Studies, United States History, Womens Education, Womens History, Womens Studies
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Women's Educational Equity Act Program.
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see SO 012 594-596.