Women in Early America

Women in Early America edited by Thomas A. Foster

HQ 1416 .W656 2015

Women in Early America tells the fascinating stories of the myriad women who shaped the early modern North American world from the colonial era through the first years of the Republic. In these essays we learn about the conditions that women faced in many different circumstances: during the Salem witchcraft panic and the Spanish Inquisition in New Mexico, as indentured servants in early Virginia and Maryland, while caught between warring British and Native Americans, as traders in New Netherlands and Detroit, as slave owners in Jamaica, as Loyalist women during the American Revolution, while enslaved in the president’s house, and as students and educators inspired by the air of equality in the young nation.

Women in Early America heeds the call of feminist scholars: it does not merely reproduce male-centered narratives, “add women, and stir” but rather rethinks master narratives themselves so that we may better understand how women and men created and developed our historical past.”
– publisher description

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