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Studying letters, diaries, and contemporary accounts, Holliday finds that the women of the New England and Southern colonies often were well educated, politically astute, charming hostesses under the most adverse circumstances, and capable of managing their husbands' businesses when necessary. Life as a colonial woman was difficult, however, in the best of circumstances, and this fascinating glimpse of the day-to-day lives and activities of colonial women reveals the hardships they endured, regardless of social station. The rigors of childbirth, the deaths of children, the ravages of war, accidents, and disease, and the sheer physical strain of colonial life weighed upon all women.
Although their lives often were harsh, and always were filled with hard work, colonial women sustained a variety of interests common to many modern women: domestic skills, religion, education, marriage, children, personal adornment, and social life. These topics and many more are thoroughly examined in this charmingly, thoughtfully written and well-documented account that pays tribute to the courage, faith, and endurance of American women in colonial days.
|Chapter I||Colonial Woman and Religion||3|
|Chapter II||Colonial Woman and Education||70|
|Chapter III||Colonial Woman and the Home||95|
|Chapter IV||Colonial Woman and Dress||152|
|Chapter V||Colonial Woman and Social Life||174|
|Chapter VI||Colonial Woman and Marriage||247|
|Chapter VII||Colonial Woman and the Initiative||291|