Analysis Of Barbara Welter's The Cult Of True Womanhood

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A nineteenth century man observing women today would be baffled by the freedoms women have. He is probably wondering, “where did we go wrong?” or “how did we let women’s rights get this far?” During the Antebellum period, white, middle class women lived to serve four purposes. Barbara Welter’s The Cult of True Womanhood, identifies these four purposes as piety, purity, submission, and domesticity. Fulfilling these virtues meant living as a true woman in the 1800’s. Restricted in every aspect of their lives, women were only allowed to participate in religious work outside the home, since “church work would not make her less domestic or submissive” (Welter 2). If women responded so dutifully to their place in society, what changed in terms of
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