Discuss the class, gender, and race conditions of colonial life and the impact of the Declaration on these groups.

How did the condition of certain groups, such as women, Black people, and Native people, reveal a contradiction in the Declaration of Independence? Discuss the class, gender, and race conditions of colonial life and the impact of the Declaration on these groups. Consider what the Constitution guaranteed for white privileged male landowners vs. what it didn’t provide the majority of the population. Consider the impact of the meaning of “Republican Motherhood” and the birth of white woman’s suffrage. Who were the movers and shakers in these movements?

Women’s History:

In what what ways were antebellum women radical in promoting equal rights and as abolitionists? In what ways were they traditional? Were they feminists? What role did black freed women play in the movement for equality, where they treated equally with white women? How did black abolitionist work together to support woman’s suffrage and women’s equality. Who were the primary activists on both sides of the woman question and emancipation? How did white women identify with the dehumanization of slavery and did they believe in equality between the races?


Consider the arguments over the expansion of slavery made by both northerners and southerners in the aftermath of the U.S. victory over Mexico (1848). Who had the more compelling case? Or did each side make equally significant arguments? What are the economic and political issues raised by having an imbalance between free and slave states? Why did the balance of free and slave states matter? What role did white and black Abolitionists play in this process? Who were the leaders in these movements and what influence did they have on the Civil War?

Consider social, political, and economic equality during and after the Civil War. In what ways did Radical Reconstruction address and secure these forms of equality? Where did it fall short? Consider the differences between the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and 15th Amendments. What does the Fourteenth Amendment do that the Thirteenth does not? Why was the Fifteenth Amendment necessary? What impact did these Amendments have during Reconstruction and after for African Americans and white womenWhat was the economic and political reality for the Black population in the South?