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It gives a wonderful view of a woman who faced these challenges with ...
on July 31, 2017
Martha Jefferson Randolph's life provides an opportunity to understand the American society of the Jeffersonian and Jacksonian periods. It shows the challenges that women faced in a society where their roles were vital to the success of raising the next generation but where they were almost completely dependent upon the success of the men in their lives. It gives a wonderful view of a woman who faced these challenges with courage and who managed to keep her large family together in the midst of these challenges. And it shows why the role of women in the American society of the early 19th century was a vital one rather than merely a submissive one as is often the way it is viewed today.