In The Beginning Paper

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In The Beginning


In the Beginning

This article talks about the role of many different types of women in early America. It
also has the thoughts of men about these women. The area of black slavery is also covered
in this article and it touches on who the slaves were before the blacks came. The
different women that are covered are the Indians, then the whites, and finally the African
Americans.

First, the Indian women were covered. The Englishmen as promiscuous thought of the women
living with their tribes. They came to this conclusion because they were allowed to have
sexual relations with different men, practice polygamy and they noticed that the children
had lighter hair than the Indians. This said that the people the women were having sex
with were people from other than their tribe. They mentioned that the Indians had more
rules about when, where and who they could have sex with. For example they were not
allowed to have sex while they were pregnant, men who were going or coming from war were
not allowed to have sex either because they needed to keep their minds on the battle. The
English were also surprised at the fact that women did all the work and were allowed to
dress nicely. Another freedom that women had in their tribes was that they had ownership
of their land, houses and their children.

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