1 Who came to the English colonies in America in the earliest years of settlement? Why did they come?
2 In what ways did hierarchy, whether because of gender, race, or economics play in the position in society? To what extent were their lives controlled or circumscribed by their position?
3 What do their lives reveal about the colonial legal system (in Virginia) and the attitudes of colonists about women and slaves?
4 How can we explain the growing stability and success of the colonies (especially Virginia) and what role did women and slaves play in that stability, if any?
From these answers develop a thesis that explains the evolution of and the role of women and slaves in colonial America between 1650 and 1700. At home use the group work and the thesis you drafted to write a 2 – 3 page history essay that explores these issues.