The Early Nineteenth Century In The United States Was A

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The early nineteenth century in the United States was a period defined by exponential growth both socially and economically as well as major westward expansion and urbanization. This time is referred to as the Industrial Revolution because of the heightened interest in manufacturing and production. Industrialization in the North was on the rise mainly as a result of the Embargo Act of 1807, a law that barred the United States from trading with other nations, as well as the war of 1812. The government policies during this time allocated more attention towards projects of inward improvement such as creating roads, canals and building infrastructure. As for foreign policy, the United States remained relatively neutral during this time which…show more content…
Preceding the rise of industrialism, many families in the rural areas of the North lived entirely off of their own farms. As capitalism started to become a trend, northern commercial farms also began to emerge. Unlike plantation style farming, Northern farms were run by a single family with each member carrying out different tasks that were essential for farm upkeep. Women, on these farms, typically worked alongside their husband when they were in the field and completed various errands within the home. The daily life of an average farm wife would comprise of household upkeep during the morning, followed by afternoons working the fields. Many of the tasks done in the fields, such as tending to the gardens were gendered, but there were cases in which men would do them regardless of the ridicule they might face from other farmers for having an insubordinate wife. Both the husband and wife play an integral part in maintaining the farm but women were still placed lower in the hierarchy of an agrarian society. In this precapitalist society importance of work and social status had no correlation. Although the concept of having work being strictly assigned by gender had been in place for centuries division between the two is significantly more apparent during the are of precapitalist commercial farming. This is because women, outside of the home, were expected to be respectable and
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