Originally published in 1974, this study offers valuable perspectives on the status and roles of women in Stuart England and in the newly settled colonies of North America, particularly Massachusetts and Virginia. Incorporating both new research on the subject, and the findings of other scholars on demographic and social history, the author examines the effects of sex ratios, economic opportunities, Puritanism and frontier conditions on the emancipation of American women in comparison with their English counterparts. He discusses the effects of these major differences on women’s roles in courtship, marriage and the family, educational, legal and civic opportunities. In the final chapter, he compares the moral climate of the two cultures in the latter part of the seventeenth century.

part |17 pages


part |91 pages

A New World

chapter |39 pages

The Sex Ratio

chapter |22 pages

Economic Opportunities

chapter |8 pages

Women and the Frontier

part |154 pages

Cultural Contrasts

chapter |32 pages

Courtship and Marriage

chapter |16 pages

The Family

chapter |7 pages

The Vote

chapter |31 pages

The Moral Tone of Society

chapter |6 pages