Colonial Life in 17th Century America

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Colonial Life in 17 th Century America 1. Life if 17 th New England a. Family – made colony more stable. Came in nuclear families. Made transition from old world to new world easier. Family unit preformed activities that the state does now. Morality, healthcare, skills. b. Marriage – most people got to choose their own spouse, usually a neighbor. Dowry – brides family pays the groom money as a weeding gift. c. Household – family of 5 needed 75 acres of cleared land. MYTH that farmers back then made everything they needed. d. Communities – most were collections of families. Longer u live there, the more powerful your family usually came. e. Education – families had to teach their children how to read, write, arithmetic. By the 1630s, mass. Started having public schools to towns with 50 or more people. 1638 Harvard College established. Most adult men could read and write f. Women – labor of women was critical to the development of n.e. they washed clothes, cooked, cleaned, raise chickens, milk cows. Very few rights g. Rank and Status – hierarchy. God had ordained the rich to be rich. Lack of wealthy people, mostly poor. i.
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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