Over the years different sets of laws and declarations have been put in place. The English began with the Magna Carta and next was the English Bill of Rights. Eventually the Colonies created an effective self governed system instead of using England's laws that benifited there needs.
The English Parliament created navigations laws to regulate trade. These laws said shipment to the colonies must be passed by England, ships sent to the colonies must be owned and built by British subjects and colonies can only ship products to England.
This is inhumane! I deserve rights!
Women were expected to stay home, run the household, and were subject to arranged marriages . Men were expected to work and to provide for there family. Boys received a full education if their family could afford it, and girls received minimal formal education. After Turning 7, children had to work to provide for the family.
Why can't I go to school too?
The upper class (Gentry) was composed of wealthy planters, merchants, royal officials, and lawyers. The middle class was made up of farmers and artisans. Lastly the lower class included slaves, the poorest of the poor, and indentured servants.
Between the 1500's and the 1800's, an estimated 10 million slaves were transported to the Americas. The Atlantic slave trade exchanged Africans for goods via the middle passae. As the number of slaves increased in the colonies, a revolt was feared. To prevent an uprising, the colonists created slave codes to make the Africans feel helpless.
Most children received a basic elementary education. They were taught religion, reading, writing, and arithmetic. Few elementary schools admitted girls, but some had a summer education system for them. Some boys went on to college while the girls stayed home learning how to keep a household.