Race and gender

According to Fischer, ideas about race and gender became increasingly rigid and hierarchical over the course of the 17th and 18th

centuries. Using Suspect Relations, Stono Rebellion, and at least one other source from our readings, please answer the following

questions: How did laws reinforce social status? How did violence play a role in enforcing these new ideas? How did these forces

curtail or expand the agency of different segments of colonial American society? How, then, did race, class, and gender work

together to create and sustain a social and political hierarch in the American colonies?