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Childcare in the New World

The cradleboard and "loopwagen" allowed Oneida and Dutch women to work while still keeping their children safe and close by. They symbolize the double duty all mothers in the early colonial period had to do.


The Middle Passage

This record of the slaving voyage of the English ship "James" contains records of women and girls who endured the brutalities of the Middle Passage.


Patent for Cleaning and Curing Corn

The first patent issued to an English colonist was for a new invention created by Philadelphian inventor Sybilla Masters. The patent was filed under her husband’s name because women could not be legally recognized.