American Women’s Beginnings Essay

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What is a new world if can not expand it? It is nothing. According to the Records of Virginia Company of London, early Virginia lacked one essential element of English society and that was a stable family life1. For the English society to have stable family life, they need women to form these families to have stable family lifes. In early US history, men played a major role in developing the colonies in America, but the women also played a major role in America. They expanded the colonies by giving birth to the future Americans. In early US history, some women only came to America to form families, others for religious freedom and others came to pay off their debt. Little do they know what awaits for them in the future.
The colonists had found the way to economic success by growing tobacco, but Virginia faced difficulty time because of morality rates remained high and the colonists had few children.2 The population grew slowly in Virginia. On the year of 1622 in Virginia, there was a demand for male servants to work in the tobacco fields, but most of the men outnumbered women by four or five to one. The Virginia Company promoted immigration of women to the colony in 1620 and 1621. These women were called tobacco brides, because their husbands were ordered to give a payment in tobacco to their wives. These marriages were not love related but arranged. The Virginia Company was really working a company, a tobacco company. By making the male servants happy and working hard on the tobacco fields; they send in tobacco wives. This also benefits the Virginia Company by expanding the colony and making more profitable tobacco; unfortunately, this plan did not work so while. Virginia remained a non family oriented community because of the deaths of parents or children.1 Even though this happened, this is not the end of women but the beginning.
The Trial of Anne Hutchinson in 1637 was probably one of the first trials that involved a woman faced in trial. Anne Hutchinson was a midwife and a daughter of a clergyman; she arrived in Massachusetts with her husband in 1634. Courageous woman that she was; she started holding meetings in her home where she led discussions of religious issues. She accused most of the ministers in Massachusetts were guilty of faulty preaching distinctive saints predestined to go to Heaven from the damned through activities such as church attendance and moral behavior rather than by an inner state of grace.3 The Puritans believed that along with their charter from the King, they had a covenant with God that was bound to them to create a moral community.4 In the trial of Anne Hutchinson, Governor John Winthrop mentioned that Mrs. Hutchison held meetings in her house that has been condemned by general assembly as a thing not tolerable nor coming view of God nor fitting for her sex. 3 I would of thought that the whole trial would be about the meeting she held in her house but it seems that her gender plays part too. Most...

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