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A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony

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Publisher Comments:

The year 2000 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of A Little Commonwealth by Bancroft Prize-winning scholar John Demos. This groundbreaking study examines the family in the context of the colony founded by the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower. Basing his work on physical artifacts, wills, estate inventories, and a variety of legal and official enactments, Demos portrays the family as a structure of roles and relationships, emphasizing those of husband and wife, parent and child, and master and servant. The book's most startling insights come from a reconsideration of commonly-held views of American Puritans and of the ways in which they dealt with one another. Demos concludes that Puritan "repression" was not as strongly directed against sexuality as against the expression of hostile and aggressive impulses, and he shows how this pattern reflected prevalent modes of family life and child-rearing. The result is an in-depth study of the ordinary life of a colonial community, located in the broader environment of seventeenth-century America.

Demos has provided a new foreword and a list of further reading for this second edition, which will offer a new generation of readers access to this classic study.

About the Author

John Demos is Samuel Knight Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of Entertaining Satan, winner of the Bancroft Prize, and The Unredeemed Capture

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Historical Survey of Plymouth Colony — pt. 1. The Physical Setting. Ch. 1. Housing. Ch. 2. Furnishings. Ch. 3. Clothing — pt. 2. The Structure of the Household. Ch. 4. Membership. Ch. 5. Husbands and Wives. Ch. 6. Parents and Children. Ch. 7. Masters and Servants. Ch. 8. Wider Kin Connections — pt. 3. Themes of Individual Development. Ch. 9. Infanacy and Childhood. Ch. 10. Coming of Age. Ch. 11. Later Years — Conclusion: The Family in Comparative Perspective — App. Demographic Tables.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199840021
Subtitle:
Family Life in Plymouth Colony
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Demos, John
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Family
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
History, American | Colonial
Subject:
History, American | Colonial and Revolutionary
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Family -- Massachusetts -- Plymouth.
Subject:
Plymouth (Mass.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
History, American | Colonial & Revolutionary
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2000
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
201

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