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A Little CommonwealthFamily Life in Plymouth Colony$
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John Demos

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.001.0001

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Husbands and Wives

Husbands and Wives

(p.82) Chapter Five Husbands and Wives
A Little Commonwealth

John Demos

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship of husband and wife in Plymouth Colony. It attempts to determine the relative positions of men and women in Plymouth and what attributes and overall valuation were thought appropriate to each sex. The chapter mentions a historian's observation that, despite the general framework of masculine superiority, there was improved an legal status for the colonial women compared to those in England.

Keywords:   husband and wife, Plymouth Colony, masculine superiority, colonial women, men and women

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