Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia

1st Edition

Linda Sturtz

Routledge
Published May 31, 2002
Reference - 294 Pages - 10 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780415928823 - CAT# RT2696
Series: New World in the Atlantic World

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Summary

This is an engaging and comprehensive study of property-owning women in the colony of Tidewater, VA during the 17th & 18th centuries. It examines the social restrictions on women's behaviour and speech, opportunities and difficulties these women encountered in the legal system, the economic and discretionary authority they enjoyed, the roles they played in the family business,their roles in the later, trans-Atlantic trading framework, and the imperial context within which these colonial women lived, making this a welcome addition to both colonial and women's history.

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