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What are some key ideas in chapter 6 of A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn? 

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In chapter 6 of this book, titled "The Intimately Oppressed," the author examines the status of women in early America. He explains how and why their status was inferior.

Women could not vote. (This would not be changed until the early twentieth century.) Women could not own property. Women who worked outside the home received only a fraction of the wages paid to a man for the same work. Women were barred from working as lawyers, doctors, or ministers. They did not attend college. In fact, it would have been difficult for most of them to attend college because of their high illiteracy rate. In these ways, women were subordinated to men.

Zinn points out that women enjoyed a higher status in other societies, which were typically "conquered" by Europeans. For example, many Indian tribes treated women much more equally.

Exploitation of women began in America from its inception. For instance, indentured servants were typically...

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