Daily Life in Colonial New England

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Life for the individuals who chose to come to New England during the Colonial Period was difficult. This reference resource explores the everyday details of colonial life in New England and exposes as myth much of what we might believe about this era, environment, and people. How exactly and why did their religious beliefs help structure their lives? What roles did women play in this society? How were people tried and punished for their crimes? Details of the lives of the Native Americans in New England during ...
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Overview

Life for the individuals who chose to come to New England during the Colonial Period was difficult. This reference resource explores the everyday details of colonial life in New England and exposes as myth much of what we might believe about this era, environment, and people. How exactly and why did their religious beliefs help structure their lives? What roles did women play in this society? How were people tried and punished for their crimes? Details of the lives of the Native Americans in New England during this era as well as Africans who had been brought to this location by the settlers are also provided. Readers can find thoroughly researched answers to these questions and others to help them learn exactly what everyday life was like for New Englanders during the Colonial Period.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"In this excellent volume, Johnson draws a remarkably clear and complete picture of the day-to-day existence of the first European settlers in New England…Librarians serving middle and high schools will want to add this articulate and highly readable volume to their collections of books on New World settlements."

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VOYA

"Daily Life in Colonial New England offers a valuable reminder of America's conflicted, yet ever-present Puritan roots."

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JASAT

From the Publisher

"In this excellent volume, Johnson draws a remarkably clear and complete picture of the day-to-day existence of the first European settlers in New England…Librarians serving middle and high schools will want to add this articulate and highly readable volume to their collections of books on New World settlements."

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VOYA

"Daily Life in Colonial New England offers a valuable reminder of America's conflicted, yet ever-present Puritan roots."

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JASAT

Booknews
This book details various aspects of everyday life for the people of colonial New England. Chapters focus on specific aspects of life and society, including the role of the clergy and the church, government and law, crime and punishment, labor, housing and clothing, food and health, marriage and sex, arts and entertainment, relations with Native Americans and Africans, the status of indentured servants, and education. Doctrinal foundations of the New England colonies and the role of fear and persecution in the society the colonists created are addressed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

CLAUDIA DURST JOHNSON is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama, where she served as chair of the English Department for twelve years. She is the series editor of the Greenwood Press "Literature in Context" series, for which she has authored numerous works, including Understanding The Scarlet Letter (1995), Understanding The Crucible (1998) and Understanding The Call of the Wild (2000).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
1 The Doctrinal Foundation of Colonial Life 1
2 Clergy and the Church 17
3 Government and Law 31
4 Crime and Punishment 45
5 Labor 55
6 Shelter and Attire 73
7 Food and Health 95
8 Marriage and Sex 107
9 Arts and Amusements 119
10 Native Americans 133
11 Africans 147
12 Indentured Servants 159
13 Education 169
14 Fear and Persecution in Daily Life 183
Conclusion 199
Index 207
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