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hist250rr12 - Julie Gilbert HIST250 Sec 0101 Reading...

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Julie Gilbert HIST250, Sec 0101 Reading Response 12 November 24, 2008 The colonial court system in Latin America regulated certain relationships in regards to social order. Women were not punished in the same way that men were, some crimes committed against or by women were not serious enough to even be taken to trial. This was a way of keeping women in their proper societal place, “women were not…[as] economically independent to the same degree as men” (Socolow, 42). The role of the female was “generally passive” (Socolow, 43) Relations between men and women were also regulated by the court in congruence with the racial hierarchy, where crimes such as rape were never charged for white men against black women, but frequently for black men against white women. Women had much less legal rights than men, for if they were beaten or abused by their male family members, it was usually considered socially appropriate. In severe cases, it was necessary to “document the female victim’s good
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course HIST 240 taught by Professor Lampe during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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hist250rr12 - Julie Gilbert HIST250 Sec 0101 Reading...

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