Using Carol Berkin’s First Generations to examine the way anglo-saxon women lived differently depending upon where they lived exposes the locality based mindset in colonial America. Localism was largely attributed to differences in religion, demographics, and the purposes the colonies were created for, woman’s purposes within those societies were defined by those differences(in essence defined by localism). However on a larger scale the treatment by Anglo-Saxon men and woman of other cultures, particularly slaves and Native Americans, exposes a general nationalistic ideology. This national ideology is amplified by examining the woman within the native-american and African-American slaves. . The relationships between Native Americans and Anglo-Saxon expose two nationalistic ideologies of Anglo-Saxons. The first is that clearly in British North America women were viewed as the subordinates to men. This point is validated when you look at Berkin’s description of several Indian societies that were clearly matriarchal
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Native Americans in the United States, Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Carol Berkin, general nationalistic ideology