Main finds that the transplanted English family system produced descendants who were unusually healthy for the times and spectacularly fecund. Large families and steady population growth led to the creation of new towns and the enlargement of old ones with inevitably adverse consequences for the native Americans in the area. Main follows the two cultures into the eighteenth century and makes clear how the promise of perpetual accessions of new land eventually extended Puritan family culture across much of the North American continent.
|Publisher:||Harvard University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.46(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.23(d)|
About the Author
Gloria L. Main is Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder.
Table of Contents
|1||Native New England||1|
|3||Taking the Land||38|
|4||Sexuality, Courtship, and Marriage||62|
|5||Bearing and Losing Children||95|
|6||Childrearing and the Experience of Childhood||117|
|7||Youth and Old Age||156|
|8||Transitions: The Narragansetts||188|
|9||Transitions: The English||203|
What People are Saying About This
An important and valuable work that will last...Its value lies in its systematic comparison of New English life with the lives of comparable groups remaining in England and of the Narragansett Indians on dimensions such as social organization, patterns of work, gender relations, sexual practices, and ways of dealing with sickness and death. I cannot think of another work that makes such comparisons as helpfully. Main adds to our understanding of the English in America.