3. freedom ‘a long time coming.’
5. Key Femalefigures: () deGouges, women and slavery:
- (Himmelfarb argues) did have two problems other countries did not have: the Indians and slavery, and both were ‘very nearly intractable’. Afterall, fundamentally, ‘the displacement of the Indians was the precondition forthe very existence of the settlers.’ (219)
(ii) Mary Wollstonecraft, women and gender
- subsistencefarming, she says, was not compatible with ‘more sophisticated agriculturaleconomy, to say nothing of industry and commerce…’
- in addition, the Church had female saints and mystics
- also America was nota poor country, she argues, so there was not so much concern over poverty -in fact some thought luxury more of a social problem than poverty… So there wasn’t so much philanthropy etc as in
- the salons also enabled more women to become writers
- it was, then, commonly believed that settlers wereentitled to take native land – especially because the settlers had superioragricultural techniques etc,
Women, science, industrialisation, and what is ‘natural’?
- some saw the horrors of the impact on the Indians, butblamed it on others. Thus blamed the British for “seducing” theIndians to massacre the whites, and for the consequent “brutalization if not extermination of this (the Indian) race in ”
- John Jayhowever, was concerned that the treatment of the Indians was reducing hiscountrymen to ‘white savages’ – and urged the more gradual extension ofsettlers’ land.