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  1. Introduction
  2. Nineteenth century American women
    1. Embracing their role in housework
    2. Women's contributions
  3. The pursuit of the ideals: The societal injustice slavery
  4. Angelina and the abolitionist cause
  5. Pleasing husbands for nineteenth century women
  6. Conclusion
  7. Works cited

The transition to a cash economy along with the increasing antislavery movement ensured that nineteenth century America would become economically and politically changed. However, the second Great Awakening ensured that principles of the past would remain constant and stronger than ever and white middle-class ladies were the main target. The emphasis on religion reaffirmed women as pious and virtuous beings. The idea of such middle-class virtue encompassed meticulously-run households and submissiveness to the dominant male figure of the house; the driving force behind such obedience derived from the belief in projecting morality at all times.

[...] Pursuing the ideal of committing to house labor gave women power to be active providers for their husband and children's comfort and happiness. Women defended the need for existing in the separate sphere of the household. Mrs. A. J. Graves commented in Woman in America, home is [woman's] appropriate sphere she is deserting the station which God and nature have assigned to (Boydston, 148). Not only were women empowered by the control they had over the state of their homes, but as moral followers of God. [...]

[...] Ed. Nancy F. Cott et als. Boston: Northeastern University Press Boydston, Jeanne. Pastoralization of Housework.? Women's America: Refocusing the Past. Ed. Linda K. Kerber and Jane Sherron De Hart. 5th ed. New York: Oxford University Press Grimké, Angelina. Appeal to the Christian Women of the South From lecture 11/15. [...]

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