Women in Early America, edited by Thomas A. Foster, 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. This volume goes beyond the familiar stories of Pocahontas or Abigail Adams, recovering the lives and experiences of lesser-known women-both ordinary and elite, enslaved and free, Indigenous and immigrant-who lived and worked in not only British mainland America, but also New Spain, New France, New Netherlands, and the West Indies. In these essays we learn about the conditions tha.
Foreword: meeting the challenges of early american women's history / Carol Berkin -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: women in early Americ a: crossing boundaries, rewriting histories / Thomas A. Foster -- Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche before the inquisition : the travails of a seventeenth-century aristocratic woman in New Mexico / Ramón A. Gutirrez -- "Women are as knowing therein as the men" : Dutch women in early America / Kim Todt -- Women as witches, witches as women : witchcraft and patriarchy in colonial -- North america / Matthew Dennis and Elizabeth Reis -- Servant women and sex in the seventeenth-century Chesapeake / Betty Wood -- Rebecca Kellogg Ashley : negotiating identity on the early American borderlands, 1704-1757 / Joy A. J. Howard -- Womanly masters : gendering slave ownership in colonial Jamaica / Christine Walker -- Women at the crossroads : trade, mobility, and power in early French America and Detroit / Karen L. Marrero -- The agrarian village world of indian women in the Ohio River Valley / Susan Sleeper-Smith -- Loyalist women in British New York City, 1776-1783 / Ruma Chopra -- "I knew that if I went back to Virginia, I should never get my liberty" : Ona Judge Staines, the president's runaway slave / Erica Armstrong Dunbar -- "The need of their genius" : a women's revolution in early America / Mary C. Kelley -- Afterword: women in early America / Jennifer L. Morgan -- Index -- About the contributors
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