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Week 8 Notes Changes in Gender Relations in the 17 th th century (Salem witch trials, femme covert legal status, marriage as a partnership, women’s household responsibilities, reproduction, sexual relations including abortion and/or sexual violence, problems for Indian and African American women as well as poor white women) Salem witch trial- 1692: 1640s, peaked in 1690s, disappeared by 1700. Launched against poor, ornery women, widows by men who want their land, women who inherit property. You were saved if you admitted you were a witch. Salem, fueled by conflicts rooted in religious and economic changes. Accusers all come from merchant families 19yrs or younger. Accused are from farm families 30yrs or older. 80% women, 17 women & 2 men killed. 1692, accusers and accused women are relatively powerless- easier to accuse women. Younger generation accusing older generation. Generation conflict. Young men are moving to find land and women don’t see futures for themselves, accuse older women, many accusers later recant. GM: young servant women became jealous of masters, “endless” chores, men’s ability to inherit land became uncertain. Femme covert legal status- According to English common law, a husband and wife were legally one??. Father always gets custody of children in divorce, live separately, wife
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2012 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Reginald during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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