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Examining the Evidence Chapter 8

Examining the Evidence Chapter 8 - Brandell Reed History...

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Brandell Reed History 201 July 19, 2011 Examining the Evidence Chapter 8-A Revolution for Women The primary source for this article included private letters that she wrote to her husband, John Adams. The primary source is important for this article because it shows how Abigail Adams went to great lengths to fight for women equality. Even through the mist of the revolutionary war, Abigail Adams thought it was important to send her husband letters discussing the rights women should have. Without the primary source from Abigail Adams, historians could not discover how much an impact she had towards the beginning of women’s equality. Due to the historical circumstances of the 1770s which Abigail Adams confined to her husband in private were because of these following reasons: men were seen as more educated, and they were. In some areas, women outnumbered men, and people in power thought that the women would skew the votes far to the right. Women were known for being conservative. Men believed that politics should be left to men who had a head for them. Also, it’s a limited application of liberty and equality. Under English common law, though unmarried women had the right to own property in their own name, married women had no legal status as persons - they were considered as one, with their husbands. This common law extended into the US. Abigail Adams saw that women were treated unfairly during the period of the 1770’s.
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