Family Life In 17th- And 18th-Century America

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Colonial America comes alive in this depiction of the daily lives of families—mothers, fathers, children, and grandparents. The Volo's examine the role of the family in society and typical family life in 17th- and 18th-century America. Through narrative chapters, aspects of family life are discussed in depth such as maintaining the household, work, entertainment, death and dying, ceremonies and holidays, customs and rites of passage, parenting, education, and widowhood. Readers will gain an in-depth understanding of the world in which these families lived and how that world affected their lives. Also included are sources for further information and a timeline of historic events.

Volumes in the Family Life through History series focus on the day-to-day lives and roles of families throughout history. The roles of all family members are defined and information on daily family life, the role of the family in society, and the ever-changing definition of family are discussed. Discussion of the nuclear family, single parent homes, foster and adoptive families, stepfamilies, and gay and lesbian families are included where appropriate. Topics such as meal planning, homes, entertainment and celebrations are discussed along with larger social issues that originate in the home, such as domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and divorce. Ideal for students and general readers alike, books in this series bring the history of everyday people to life.

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"The dense textual layout, the vocabulary, and scholarly references combine to make this book of interest to advanced students with some background knowledge of American Colonial history."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313331992
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Family Life through History
  • Pages: 340
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES M. VOLO is a science teacher at Norwalk Public Schools in Norwalk, Conn. He is co-author of Daily Life in Civil War America (Greenwood, 1998), Daily Life during the American Revolution (Greenwood, 2003), and Daily Life during the Old Colonial Frontier (Greenwood, 2002).

DOROTHY DENNEEN VOLO is a math teacher at Norwalk Public Schools in Norwalk, Conn. She is co-autor of Daily Life in Civil War America (Greenwood, 1998), Daily Life during the American Revolution (Greenwood, 2003), and Daily Life during the Old Colonial Frontier (Greenwood, 2002).

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Table of Contents

1 Folkways 3
2 Family structure 33
3 Patriarch 73
4 Wise and seasonable counsels 83
5 Educator 95
6 Provider 107
7 Protector 135
8 Estate builder 151
9 Women as wives 175
10 Women as mothers 187
11 Women as housewives 203
12 Children as family 223
13 Children as learners 237
14 Children as workers 261
15 Servants 281
16 Race-based slavery 301
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