Have you ever wondered what kind of foods were on the menu at a typical family dinner in the early days of the American colonies? Or how traditional crafts like wool-spinning and weaving became major industries during the colonial period? This detailed study from historian Alice Morse Earle offers a one-of-a-kind look at the era.
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."
This unusual works was originally published in 1894 and is a fascinating look at the History of Colonial Dress and the Costumes of Colonial Times, it will appeal greatly to any historian. The material for the compilation of this glossary has been found in old letters, wills, inventories of estates, court records, and in eighteenth-century newspapers. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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