Limits of Independence Yohwus Vol 3

Limits of Independence Yohwus Vol 3

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The second half of the 18th century saw a handful of English colonies transform themselves into a nation. This process involved not only a revolution against the British crown but also the uniting of a diverse population; in addition to the English who made up the bulk of the population, Africans and continental Europeans joined in the creation of the new republic. Although tradition dictated that the independent male citizen was the most important actor in this drama, political leaders soon learned that the support of women was essential to the success of a republican form of government. Salmon demonstrates the new directions in women's lives, including reforms in education, that occurred during this era of experimentation. She also delineates the ways in which women's lives remained constrained by the racial and cultural assumptions of the age, for while white women's horizons expanded, Native American women and women of African descent suffered greatly.Educator Judith Sargent Murray, poet Phillis Wheatley, writer and educator Susanna Rowson (who wrote Charlotte Temple, the first American best-seller), and other women--both well-known and unsung--fill the pages of The Limits of Independence, which looks at women's lives during the time of the American Revolution.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 188.2 x 235.2 x 10.4mm | 333.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • 0195124014
  • 9780195124019

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"Ideal for class discussions, this volume will be useful for reports and leisure reading. It may even have the power to make history bugs of heretofore uninterested students."--School Library Journalshow more

About Salmon

Marylynn Salmon is the author of Women and the Law of Property in Early America and co-author of Inheritance in America: From Colonial Times to the Present. Dr. Salmon is a research associate in the history department at Smith College.show more