Women in Stuart England and America

A Comparative Study

By Roger Thompson

© 2013 – Routledge

288 pages

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About the Book

Originally published in 1974, this study offers valuable perspectives on the status and roles of women in Stuart England and in the newly settled colonies of North America, particularly Massachusetts and Virginia. Incorporating both new research on the subject, and the findings of other scholars on demographic and social history, the author examines the effects of sex ratios, economic opportunities, Puritanism and frontier conditions on the emancipation of American women in comparison with their English counterparts. He discusses the effects of these major differences on women’s roles in courtship, marriage and the family, educational, legal and civic opportunities. In the final chapter, he compares the moral climate of the two cultures in the latter part of the seventeenth century.

Table of Contents

Preface Part 1: Introduction 1. The Seventeenth-Century Scene Part 2: A New World 2. The Sex Ratio 3. Economic Opportunities 4. Women and the Puritan Churches 5. Women and the Frontier Part 3: Cultural Contrasts 6. Courtship and Marriage 7. The Family 8. Women’s Legal Position and Rights 9. Women’s Education in England and the Colonies 10. The Vote 11. The Moral Tone of Society. Epilogue

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Routledge Library Editions: Women's History

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1928 and 1992, Routledge Library Editions: Women's History offers a selection of scholarship covering women's roles, gender battles, feminism and other issues through the ages. Topics include women in the World Wars, prostitution in Victorian times, the history of abortion, women's roles in the Stuart era and women's place in the household and in work.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS036020
HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)
HIS037040
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HIS054000
HISTORY / Social History
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REFERENCE / General