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Topics: 19th century, Populist Party, Gender role, Woman, American Dream / Pages: 4 (1294 words) / Published: Feb 9th, 2015

Priscilla Solis
History 108
CRN 25469

A Women’s Journey

Despite the growth of industry, urban centers, and immigration, America in the 19th century was still very rural. The “Cult of Domesticity” first named and identified in the early part of the century, the beliefs embodied in this “cult” gave women a central role in the family. Women’s god given role, it stated was a wife and mother. Pulling against these “beliefs” was the sense of urgency, movement, and progress in the industrial and political changes affecting the country. Women could not help but see themselves in this growth. Women wanted new options, jobs, education and more. Not many women pursued their dream though because many had little to no support, but that difficulty didn’t stop some women from pursuing their goals. Rosa Cassettari and Luna Kellie were two of the women from the same era that decided to pursue the wishes in order to have a better and prosperous life and be able to provide for their families as best as they could. These two women were great examples of how hard but not impossible it was to gain their own freedom and rights aside of what society believed a women’s role was. Even though the faced many hardships and obstacles these two women found the courage to overcome all the bumps in the road and accomplish what they were looking for. They knew women were as strong as men and deserved the equal opportunity in society as men always had. In 1884 Rosa Cassettari left her home in Italy and joined the stream of migrants from all across Europe bound for America. Many migrants were on the pursuit of happiness better yet the American dream; they believed America was the place to go in order to have a better life. But for Rosa and many of the migrants it was much harder then it seemed. Rosa lived along with her abusive husband Santino, he believed she was only good for one thing which was being a housewife after years of misery and abuse Rosa decided to leave him for good after



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