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Unformatted text preview: Republican Motherhood now we will look closer at genders role at this time in American history 1790s drop in birthrate demographic change o 1750 the average woman had 8 or 9 women; thats the AVERAGE, many had more, some had less; they had no idea about birth control; pretty incredible o 1810 average goes to 6; that is quite a shift; now did the U.S. continue to grow? Yes, largely thanks to immigration; when we think of the 1800s, we think of immigration, particularly from Europe; were talking about millions & millions of people; if ur still having 5 or 6 children, ur still having an increase in population o Why such a great drop in e One reason: many men left to the West for opportunities; a delay in marriage usually resulted out of this shift e Many people actually thought of having less children deliberately; they wanted to leave more of an inheritance for their children (economic reason) e Another fact: (u can probably understand this one) mothers did not want to spend their entire...
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