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War Of 1812 Essay, Research Paper Your Name Teacher US History 1 10 Mar. 2000 Life and Times in Early America The era that was seventeenth century colonial America was very different from today?s times. The society that existed at that time had very different views on life and how it should occur. The daily routines were very unlike ours even tough it may be hard to believe. Even families, which seem to be a non-changing faction in history, were also distinct in size and order. (Thomas XIII) John Demos commented that ?the colonial family was ?extended? rather than nuclear. False.? John Demos, who in a study of Bristol , Rhode Island, came up with conclusions about family life in early America that contradicted ideas previously accepted by historians.(Hawke 58). An extended

family includes the core group of males which are a grandfather, adult sons and sons? sons, their wives, and their unmarried daughters. (Brooks 27) Demos?s idea is basically this one. The house in the colonial times shaped the home. What he means by this is that you could not have an extended family that included servants, apprentices, and other non-kinfolk in a house that measured twenty feet by twenty feet and rose only a story and a half. Even if you added another room, you would only have enough livable space for a nuclear family which consisted of parents and children. This was due to the high number of children in a family. The average number was about seven to ten. Some far exceeded that, others barely managed having two or three. (Hawke, 58-59). In the early colonial

families, every member had a different ?job.? The head of the family was mostly the father. He presided over family prayers and worked on the family farm. Mothers usually raised the children, acted as midwives to other women in town, and tended to household chores. (Walker 86). Up until about the age eight, boys and girls wore the same thing. They only wore wool or linen dresses. After a boy reached the age of eight or nine, he would begin to help out with the father?s job, which was farming, and a dress would not suit the job very well. Girls usually wore their hair long, but always pulled tightly back and up under a bonnet or hat. The reason for this was that social and religious custom did not approve or look kindly upon women or girls being in public with an uncovered head.

The women were given a workload since their early days. For example, while boys were off with their fathers, girls would stay home with their mothers, mostly helping out with the cooking, sewing and laundering (89). Some daughters, however, went in to the services of families in the neighborhood, and were apprenticed to a certain skill, such as lace making or cleaning. (Smith,73) Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were very fair sunny days, as if it had been in April, and our people, so many as were in health, were cheerful. (Brown, 56) The overall health of early Americans was far better in the Northern colonies than in the South. For example, a young male adult from Massachusetts, who had reached the age of twenty could expect to live about forty-five years more. A female, about,

about forty-two. It was a different story in the colony of Virginia. A male of twenty would expect to live about twenty-nine more years and a female, only twenty. That is a large difference, a female from Massachusetts could live to be about 62 years old, and one from Virginia could live to be forty years old. In the later half of the 17th century, though, health amongst all colonists improved, and was even better than England?s. (Tucker 467) One of the most surprising facts about hygiene in the colonial society was the lack of oral care. John Josselyn, a visitor to the early American Colonies, noted that ?the women were pitifully tooth-shaken?. He didn?t know whether it was the climate or by sweet meats which were plentiful. This evidence shows that the colonists were not well