English Settlement

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English Settlement 1. Compare and contrast New England and Virginia as exemplified by social class structure. New England and Virginia had many differences in social class structure and a few similarities. The sex ratio in New England was almost balanced. New England relied heavily on the work of women. Most women were married and had kids. Puritan women cooked, made clothes, and gardened. Additionally, they joined churches and had long life expectancies. Men ruled the family, made decisions about property, and had long life expectancies. Most colonists in New England worked their own land and many colonists worked as servants at some point in their lives. Families placed their adolescent children
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Unformatted text preview: in nearby homes for servitude. On the other hand, in Virginia, there were three times more men than women. Most women were not married and had very short life expectancies. They also had a very hard time creating a family. Men had a difficult time searching for wives and had high mortality rates. In Virginia, planters dominated and freemen formed the largest class in the society. Freemen traveled to the new world as indentured servants. No one cared if the servants received food or had clothes, unlike New England. Both New England and Virginia enslaved Native Americans. The decision to bring slaves to the colonies was primarily economic....
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