In what ways did women challenge the “Cult of domesticity” and act as agents of social reform throughout the nineteenth century?
-By the nineteenth century, women were expected to conform to an idealized gender role. Despite the predominate expectations, women still managed to break through these restrictions and make an impact upon American society. In what ways did women challenge the “Cult of domesticity” and act as agents of social reform throughout the nineteenth century? Were women successful in these endeavors? Why or why not?
-During the antebellum period, the North was perceived to be dynamic and progressive, while the South, by comparison, was idyllic, antiquated, and extremely patriarchal. This overbearingly patriarchal society had a strong effect on its female denizens, both the plantation mistresses and female slaves. How did the roles of southern women evolve in this period? How did the Civil War alter these roles?
-Perhaps no other movement encapsulated the challenges of women than that of the pursuit of female suffrage. Account for the rise of the suffrage movement in the nineteenth century. How did the movement evolve throughout this period? How did women eventually achieve the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment?