Chapter

Husbands and Wives

John Demos

in A Little Commonwealth

Second edition

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128901
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.003.0006
Husbands and Wives

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This chapter examines the relationship of husband and wife in Plymouth Colony. It attempts to determine the relative positions of men and women in Plymouth and what attributes and overall valuation were thought appropriate to each sex. The chapter mentions a historian's observation that, despite the general framework of masculine superiority, there was improved an legal status for the colonial women compared to those in England.

Keywords: husband and wife; Plymouth Colony; masculine superiority; colonial women; men and women

Chapter.  6202 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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