Kingdom of Matthias: Women in the 19th Century Essay

1256 Words May 7th, 2011 6 Pages
In the nineteenth century, the legal rights of women and men were highly affected by gender and race, both positively and negatively. In the book, “Kingdom of Matthias,” by Paul Johnson and Simon Wilentz, they describe the life of two females, Isabella Van Wagenen and Isabella Matthews Laisdell which whom were affected by slavery and high influences of higher power from men. In the nineteenth century it was believed that males were to support the family by working and earning a wage as a husband was to provide for his wife and a father to provide for his children (Fahs 1/5). Also, during the nineteenth century women were seen to be working in homes and supporting their husbands by cleaning the home, raising the children, and cooking meals …show more content…
Many slave owners whom were male would abuse their slaves because they felt that the law did not apply to them as their slaves were their property since they purchased them. Furthermore, many marriages in the nineteenth century were arranged for Matthias believed that romantic courtship led to despair for women which is shown in the “Kingdom of Matthias” as Matthias beat his daughter because she did not get permission to marry for the husband Charles Laisdell was not whom Matthias wanted (Johnson and Wilentz 212). I believe that in the 20th century people will marry due to attraction and desire of another which I find can lead many people to live happy lives with families. The relationships here can easily be developed with common beliefs because people can agree on certain aspects of their life and choose accept all actions. This can be related to how Matthias described how marriage is done by matching compatible spirits as he did with Ann Folger which I believe is a good method, but sometimes compatible spirits can lead to unhappiness due to contradicting life views (Johnson and Wilentz 105). Both Isabella’s were treated the same as every women in the 19th century as seen inferior to males as they were beaten for the dominating fathers and husbands rights were higher than their daughters and wives. In the 19th

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