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What was it like to grow up in America during the 17th and 18th centuries? Capturing the quintessential details of everyday colonial life, this reprint of Earle's profusely illustrated 1899 classic paints a vivid picture of infancy, toys and games, manners, discipline, schools, religious training, and more. A delightful read for history buffs of all ages! 224 pages, softcover from Dover.
What did the little ones do back in the days when "children should be seen and not heard"? How were they schooled, what did they wear, and which games did they play? This eye-opening survey revisits the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries for an illustrated look at the lives of Colonial America's youngest citizens
The first American historian to chronicle everyday life of the colonial era, Alice Morse Earle conducted years of research, based on letters, official records, diaries, and other accounts. A vivid portrait emerges, depicting a child's world of hornbooks and primers; lessons in manners and religion; methods of discipline; and toys, pastimes, and other amusements. The author offers a broader perspective by comparing conditions in America with those of England. More than 120 illustrations include reproductions of images by the era's finest artists, including Copley and Peale. "The book is one of historical interest and value," declared The New York Times, praising it as "beautifully illustrated [and] a charming book for old or young."
Alice Morse Earle was an American historian born in 1851, who wrote many engaging books that chronicled the details of everyday life in colonial America.