Your Travel Guide to Colonial America

Your Travel Guide to Colonial America

by Nancy Raines Day

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Children's Literature
Covering roughly 150 years before the American Revolution, this book provides a look back at the daily life of people living in the Colonial period. As part of the "Passport to History" series, this volume is presented from the perspective of a traveler's guidebook for people interested in going back in time to another age. If you were to return to the American Colonies in the 17th or 18th centuries, you would experience a land of vastly different perspectives, ecology, and pace. Life at that time was not what we know today. In the Puritan-controlled New England colonies religion was a serious and omnipresent fact of life. A church service could last five hours with proctors present who carried long canes. One end of the cane had a foxtail attached to dangle in the face of dozing parishioners. The other end was a tough and bulging knob for rapping unruly children. Tourists in the Colonial age would need to beware of what to say and do. Legal punishments were harsh and often involved either physical pain or humiliation. A person must avoid the stocks or pillory at all costs, for the embarrassment would ruin a trip. Also, one must be careful about discussing future technology, as that might lead to a witchcraft trial and an untimely end to the trip. Dilapidated roadways, slovenly inns, and uneven food quality are also factors to bear in mind on the road. The traveler must also be prepared for a far different standard of cleanliness, as people rarely bathed and clothes that were washed once a month were models of neatness. All in all, a trip back to the Colonial age would be both fascinating and eventful. So, too, is this cleverly written and well-constructed work of history. 2001,Runestone Press, $26.60. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

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Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Passport to History Series
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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