Colonial Society in the Mid-Eighteenth Century - 03 Colonial Society in the Mid-Eighteenth Century I Social Structure\/Family Life A South gap wide

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03. Colonial Society in the Mid-Eighteenth Century I. Social Structure/Family Life A. South – gap wide between rich and poor – hierarchy of wealth and status 1. Planter aristocracy w/ slaves mimicking feudalism of Europe 2. However, these planters were hardworking, involved in day-to-day affairs 3. Few cities – poor transportation 4. Women more powerful – men die leaving property to widows a. Weaker gender – see Eve’s failure b. Divorce rare – courts could order you to reunite B. North– not as much disease due to weather, reproduction high – fertile people/not soil 1. Early marriage = high birth rates, several mothers – death during childbirth a. Habits of obedience, strong links to grandparents b. Women’s role not as powerful – no property rights II. Farm and Town Life A. Towns in New England united – geography/fear of Indians force close relations 1. Puritanism makes unity important 2. More than 50 families in town requires education 3. Puritans ran churches democratically – led to democratic government

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