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HIST 150-09: Gender and Power in the Atlantic Household (Spring 2023)

"My dear Son" A letter from Father to his son, January 16th, 1803

Break into small groups and examine/discuss the following document. Questions:

  • When & where was it written?
  • By and to whom was it written?
  • What is the topic of the letter?
  • What can it tell us about family and the father-son power relationship during this period? 
  • Why does this document & these historical actors matter (if at all)?

Follow-up Questions

How does additional context reshape your earlier answers?

Bonus Document!

For additional context about education in the late 18th century, this is a ~1772 list of books W&M students wanted for the library.