Children in Colonial America

Children in Colonial America

by James Marten, Philip J. Greven
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814757162

ISBN-13: 9780814757161

Pub. Date: 02/01/2012

Publisher: New York University Press

The Pilgrims and Puritans did not arrive on the shores of New England alone. Nor did African men and women, brought to the Americas as slaves. Though it would be hard to tell from the historical record, European colonists and African slaves had children, as did the indigenous families whom they encountered, and those children's life experiences enrich and

Overview

The Pilgrims and Puritans did not arrive on the shores of New England alone. Nor did African men and women, brought to the Americas as slaves. Though it would be hard to tell from the historical record, European colonists and African slaves had children, as did the indigenous families whom they encountered, and those children's life experiences enrich and complicate our understanding of colonial America.

Through essays, primary documents, and contemporary illustrations, Children in Colonial America examines the unique aspects of childhood in the American colonies between the late sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries. The twelve original essays observe a diverse cross-section of children—from indigenous peoples of the east coast and Mexico to Dutch-born children of the Plymouth colony and African-born offspring of slaves in the Caribbean—and explore themes including parenting and childrearing practices, children's health and education, sibling relations, child abuse, mental health, gender, play, and rites of passage.

Taken together, the essays and documents in Children in Colonial America shed light on the ways in which the process of colonization shaped childhood, and in turn how the experience of children affected life in colonial America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814757161
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Series:
Children and Youth in America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword by Philip J. Greven
Acknowledgments
Introduction
James Marten
Part I Race and Colonization
1 Indian Children in Early Mexico
Dorothy Tanck de Estrada
2 Colonizing Childhood
R. Todd Romero
3 Imperial Ideas, Colonial Realities
Audra Abbe Diptee
Part II Family and Society
4 Sibling Relations in Early American Childhoods
C. Dallett Hemphill
5 “I Shall Beat You, So That the Devil Shall Laugh at It”
Mariah Adin
6 “Improved” and “Very Promising Children”
Darcy Fryer
Part III Cares and Tribulations
7 “Decrepit in Their Early Youth”
John J. Navin
8 Idiocy and the Construction of Competence in Colonial Massachusetts
Parnel Wickham
9 “My Constant Attension on My Sick Child”
Helena M. Wall
Part IV Becoming Americans
10 From German Catholic Girls to Colonial American Women
Lauren Ann Kattner
11 “Let Both Sexes Be Carefully Instructed”
Keith Pacholl
12 From Saucy Boys to Sons of Liberty
J. L. Bell
In Search of the Historical Child: Questions for Consideration
Suggested Readings
About the Contributors
Index

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