From: Lawrence Chen
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Lawrence Chen Mr. Cutler History 67 2/22/00
What was the place of women and blacks in the new republic?
In the new republic women were excepted to play the role as a mother, wife, and homemaker. Some women, whom were well educated, instead of pursuing a career, returned home to follow the footsteps of their ancestors as wife and mother. Women of the republic did however stand out from their ancestors because they did not tolerate the unjust power men possessed in the home for centuries. They spoke out against abuse and demanded more equality from their husbands. During the new republic, divorce was not rare because of the new confidence that women possessed during this time to end a marriage. Women during the new republic had more freedom and say then did the previous generations of women in the past.
Blacks in the new republic faced many new challenges. Many leaders such as John Woolman spoke out against slavery in the new republic. Though slavery mainly existed within the southern states the blacks in the north were not treated as equals. Blacks of the north faced not slavery but segregation. Voting, juries, and militia duty were not given to the free blacks of the northern states. The blacks of the north rarely had access to schooling and were not allowed to worship in the same churches as white men. Some blacks in the new republic enjoyed a limited freedom given to them.