The Women of Early America

The Women of Early America

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Storyboard Description

From the book, A Young People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn adapted by Rebbeca Stefoff, this storyboard is based of of a chapter called The Women of Early America.

Storyboard Text

  • Independent Woman / 1638
  • I can read the bible, I will figure out its meaning by myself. 
  • Women at Work / 1824
  • Rights for Women/1821
  • Let us begin our lesson.
  • Anne Hutchinson was a religious women and stood up in front of the church fathers, insisting that she had the ability of understanding the bible.They described this as rebelliuos behavior and ordered her to leave the Massachusetts Bay Colony. When she arrived in Rhode Island in 1638, the Indians thought she came for their land and killed her.
  • The Women working at Textile Mills had enough and wanted to have higher wages. This women led one of the first industrial strikes. They walked off their jobs for higher wages and better working conditions. This took place in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Later when a womn was fired from her job in Massechusetts, another strike began. This time one women climed a town pump and gave a fiery speech. 
  • Middle-class women couldn't go to college but they could become teachers. In 1821 Emma Willdard founded the first school specially for girls. From 1780 to 1840 the percentage of American women who could read and write doubled. Along with education, women started fighting for rights. In 1848 three hundred women gathered for the first women's rights convention in history.
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