“Traditional Roles”

Women weren’t limited to ‘traditional’ home-based work. Women also struggled for recognition in artisan trade organizations after the Revolutionary War, were considered part of the production unit in textile-based trades like weaving in eighteenth century England, and worked in nineteenth century New England textile mills.

But as the United State industrialized, community values shifted. Historian Robert Wiebe says the home became devalued, and work became the social and moral focus of workers.

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