This edition features
• a linked Table of Contents, Footnotes, and Index
CONTENTS (abridged list)
CHAPTER I — COLONIAL WOMAN AND RELIGION
The Spirit of Woman — The Suffering of Women — The Era of Adventure — Privation and Death in the First Colonial Days — Descriptions by Prince, Bradford, Johnson, etc. — Early Concord.
Woman and Her Religion — Its Unyielding Quality — Its Repressive Effect on Woman — Wigglesworth's Day of Doom — What It Taught Woman — Necessity of Early Baptism — Edward's Eternity of Hell Torment — Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God — Effect on Womanhood — Personal Devils — Dangers of Earthly Love — God's Sudden Punishments.
Inherited Nervousness — Fears in Childhood — Theological Precocity.
Woman's Day of Rest — Sabbath Rules and Customs — A Typical Sabbath.
Religion and Woman's Foibles — Religious Regulations — Effect on Dress — Women's Singing in Church — Southern Opinion of Northern Severity — Effect of Feminine Repression.
Woman's Comfort in Religion — An Intolerant Era — Religious Gatherings for Women — Formal Meetings with Mrs. Hutchinson — Causes of Complaint — Meetings of Quaker Women.
Female Rebellion — The Antinomians — Activities of Anne Hutchinson — Her Doctrines — Her Banishment — Emotional Starvation — Dread of Heresy — Anne Hutchinson's Death.
Woman and Witchcraft — Universal Belief in Witchcraft — Signs of Witchcraft — Causes of the Belief — Lack of Recreation — Origin of Witchcraft Mania — Echoes from the Trials — Waning of the Mania.
Religion Outside of New England — First Church in Virginia — Southern Strictness — Woman's Religious Testimony — Religious Sanity — The Dutch Church — General Conclusions.
CHAPTER II — COLONIAL WOMAN AND EDUCATION
CHAPTER III — COLONIAL WOMAN AND THE HOME
CHAPTER IV — COLONIAL WOMAN AND DRESS
CHAPTER V — COLONIAL WOMAN AND SOCIAL LIFE
CHAPTER VI — COLONIAL WOMAN AND MARRIAGE
CHAPTER VII — COLONIAL WOMAN AND THE INITIATIVE
Religious Initiative — Anne Hutchinson's Use of Brains — Bravery of Quaker Women — Perseverance of Mary Dyer — Martyrdom of Quakers.
Commercial Initiative — Dabbling in State Affairs — Women as Merchants — Mrs. Franklin in Business — Pay for Women Teachers — Women as Plantation Managers — Example of Eliza Pinckney — Her Busy Day — Martha Washington as Manager.
Woman's Legal Powers — Right to Own and Will Property — John Todd's Will — A Church Attempts to Cheat a Woman — Astonishing Career of Margaret Brent — Women Fortify Boston Neck — Tompson's Satire on it — Feminine Initiative at Nantucket.
Patriotic Initiative and Courage