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What were the roles of women in society at that time? In literature 1865-1912?

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Understand that the years before, during and immediately following the Civil War America was primarily a white-male dominated world (who are we kidding, not just these years).  Women's places were in the home, raising children, doing domestic chores and supporting their husbands.  Most women did not have a formal education, or if they did, it did not go beyond about 8th grade.  Most women did not have personal ambitions...

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