Document: Sending Women to Virginia (1622)
Source: Susan Myra Kingsbury, ed., The Records of the Virginia Company of London (Washington, D.C., 1906-1935), Vol. I, pp. 256-57.
1. Who produced the document? How much do we know about the author? What are the assumptions and biases of the author?
This article was written by Susan Myra Kingsbury. From what we can tell, Kingsbury put together a series of records from the Virginia Company. From this article, we can tell that she is a woman who studied the immigration of women to Virginia. The assumptions and biases of the author are that the Virginia Company played a big role in preserving stable families and migrating women to Virginia.
2. When was the document produced?
The document was produced from 1906-1935.
3. Why was the document produced? What is the purpose of this document? Who is the intended audience? The document was produced to show that the impact of the Virginia Company for women in the Chesapeake, as well as being the major reason families were able to form there. The intended audience is most likely people who are interested in women’s history or the history of the Virginia Company.
4. What is the significance of this document? What does this source tell us? What does the source reveal about the wider historical context? How does it compare with other sources?
This document tells us that the lives of women were directed by the Company before they even got married. It tells us that women had fewer rights than men. Although, the Company was trying to give the women a better life and freedom, their lives was still being dictated in a sense. Other sources such as secondary sources come from the historian’s point of view. Whereas, this source is a primary source because it comes directly from the records from the Virginia Company because it’s a direct record account of the Virginia Company.
5. Ultimately, historians must assess the value of a