Lecture 6 - Everyday Life in Nineteenth Century Latin America

Lecture 6 - Everyday Life in Nineteenth Century Latin America

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History 262 Modern Latin America February 12, 2007 Lecture 6 – Everyday Life in Nineteenth Century Latin America Females in the 19 th century o Because a large percentage of males throughout Latin America died during the wars of independence and the subsequent wars, there was a disproportionate number of female heads of households o The females don’t earn as much money as males Makes it difficult for females to maintain a family o Females in cities were mostly domestic workers Almost impossible to raise a family while living in someone else’s house o Many women worked as street vendors in markets They could bring their kids with them while selling o Many women did piece work instead of actually working in a traditional factory They get paid for what they produce, not by the hour o Street vending minimizes the amount of capital needed to maintain the practice No store to pay rent for Very few things actually purchased, most made at home o Most women in small towns moved to the cities to try to find work
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