Identify specific examples of when women were encouraged to work outside of the home and yet expected to perform well in both the domestic and public sphere between 1783 and 1900.

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Brief Essay: Write TWO of three. React with brief yet insightful analysis, at least one paragraph each.
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142 “Women’s expanding labor force participation was an unfortunate necessity that threatened to interfere with their more desirable work at home. And nothing that happened at work could be allowed to hinder the capacity of wage-earning women to resume or assume home roles at some future time.”
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In Out to Work Alice Kessler-Harris described the situation for urban women workers in the late nineteenth century. Identify specific examples of when women were encouraged to work outside of the home and yet expected to perform well in both the domestic and public sphere between 1783 and 1900. What does this reveal about the young American republic?
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Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s A Midwife’s Tale earned both the Bancroft Prize and Pulitzer Prize as a captivating work of historical writing. What does this work teach about the craft of history? What did Ulrich do that made her work compelling? Consider her chosen sources, her analyses, arrangement of sources, style of writing, and manner of presentation.
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Why is it vital to include women of color when studying early America? Explain why contributions of the Lakoaine (Haudenosaunee Clan Mothers), Sojourner Truth, Agokwé (The Ojibwe third gender), America Jenkins, Lear Dodge, and others are significant in this period?
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Respond to ONE of the following essay questions with a thesis-driven, organized, and compelling response. Begin with a persuasive thesis, supporting that with detailed analysis of specific examples ending with an argument for lasting significance in your conclusion. A minimum of five paragraphs is suggested.
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It is often assumed that in early periods of history a woman’s place was in the home. The public and private sphere grew as powerful concepts by the early nineteenth century yet women’s labor in and out of the home remained at the core of American history. Analyze between three and six specific examples to demonstrate the significance of women’s labor in North America between 1300 and 1900. Ensure your examples span the period. Include diversity of ethnicity, class, and geographic region.
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Kessler-Harris discusses the growth of work for women in industry and service. Much of this labor was focused in urban areas in fields such as textile manufacturing, food processing, and domestic service. Is there a danger in looking only to American cities in the Northeast when considering women working before 1900? What is lost and why is this significant? Scrutinize examples from Thatcher Ulrich, Kessler-Harris, and class to support your claim.
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DO NOTE USE TEXT CITATION OR ANY CITATIONS
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