The Social Orders Of Europe

2392 WordsApr 17, 201610 Pages
New England became a new start for the people of Europe who had crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Opportunities blossomed everywhere one looked; whether it was new items of trade or the entire land itself, waiting to be discovered. However, as people began to settle into their new home, one thing was certain: the social orders of Europe had traveled with them. Women were meant to stay home and men were meant to work. Women had little involvement in the choices made for their well being, and were required to follow all orders from the dominant male population. Just as people began to migrate to America, witchcraft was still a major fear amongst the people of England, and women were a primary target for these accusations. It was simply the way life was for these New Englanders, and nobody found the inspiration to end this awful oppression. As the colonies began to break away from Britain, however, few key women stepped up and took matters into their own hands. Authors Alfred Young and Carol Karlsen dive readers into the early and later times of New England. Karlsen allows us to understand the dynamics of witchcraft in the mid-to-late 1600’s and how women were so easily accused of such acts. During this time period, women were very much under the radar and any wrongdoings could be detrimental for their reputation and ultimately their lives. Young, on the other hand, takes the reader forward in time to the revolution and how a particular woman fought for her people in battle. By
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