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With Peace and Freedom Blest!"Woman as Symbol in America, 1590-1800



Sara Day*


Abstract: Day, one the editors of American Women, searched the Library's pictorial and textual collections for images of women in pre-1800 America, analyzed the content of these pictorial depictions, and concluded that stereotypical and allegorical representations of women belied the reality of most women's lives and helped to limit women's roles in early America.

Full text of essay and images will be forthcoming shortly.

*Authored the original essay in American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States (Library of Congress, 2001), from which this online version is derived. Others who contributed to this effort are identified in the Acknowledgments.

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