Everyday Life in Early America

Everyday Life in Early America

by David F. Hawke


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ISBN-13: 9780060912512
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/25/1989
Series: Harper Perennial
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 316,948
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
O Strange New World?
Settling in
The Farm
The House
The Home
The Rhythms of Life
Manners and Morals
Red, White, and Black
Beyond the Farm
Wonders of the Invisible World
Toward the Eighteenth Century
Selected Bibliography 179(8)
Index 187

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Everyday Life in Early America (Everyday Life in America Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Coruca on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Colonial US history fascinates me and this work was a great read as well as being very informative. It was a hard life moving to the new world, with back breaking work and very little time for anything else. Hawke touches on many aspects of life and shows the variations of not only where the immigrants came from but also on where they settled. I picked up on lots of interesting facts, such as ground hog's day is connected to the English celebration of Candlemas and that because of limited tools, girdling the trees was often used to clear the forest for planting. This book is well written and research, easy to read and good for both the dedicated scholar and interested hobbyist.
Mostgirlicious More than 1 year ago
The writer colorfully depicts what our forebears went through to settle this new land while battling the elements, the harsh landscape and hostile natives. The book focuses on two major areas of early settlement: New England and the Chesapeake region. Both my parents' families came from England in the 1600's -- one family settled in the Chesapeake region (Virginia and southern Maryland), the other in New England. I am working on genealogies of both my families and this book really brought to life their struggles and endurance. So glad they made the effort! I hope to read more works by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Concentrates on America in the 1600's. Describes the life, customs, beliefs, and attitudes of the people who chose to come to the colonies. Gives details about the types of people who actually came and describes the various success or lack thereof of the new inhabitants. Fascinating to see how the roots of the country developed. Fast read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book read like a text book. Lots of information given over a short period of time. From a information point of view a very good book. From a regular readers point of view, very boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book allows the reader to look at the colonization of America from a very open view. Honest and easy to read, I strongly recommend this book!