Children in Colonial America (Paperback)

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View the Table of Contents .nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; Read the Introduction . "Providing fresh historical perspectives on key features of children's lives, this book offers compelling, new materials on childhood in colonial America, and on groups— including Native Americans and Hispanics— too often left out of conventional coverage." — Peter Stearns, George Mason University "Children in Colonial Americais a highly original contribution to the history of childhood. The collection's unique strength lies in its great range of regions and peoples represented: from Indian children of Mexico to young Africans in Jamaica, from Separatist Pilgrims in the Netherlands and Plymouth to Catholic girls in Germany, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. Although ideal for the classroom, these essays offer much that will be of interest to seasoned scholars." — Gloria L. Main, University of Colorado-Boulder The Pilgrims and Puritans did not arrive on the shores of New England alone. Nor did African men and women, brought to the Americas as slaves. Though it would be hard to tell from the historical record, European colonists and African slaves had children, as did the indigenous families whom they encountered, and those children's life experiences enrich and complicate our understanding of colonial America. Through essays, primary documents, and contemporary illustrations, Children in Colonial Americaexamines the unique aspects of childhood in the American colonies between the late sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries. The twelve original essays observe a diverse cross-section of children— from indigenous peoples of the east coast and Mexico to Dutch-born children of the Plymouth colony andAfrican-born offspring of slaves in the Caribbean— and explore themes including parenting and childrearing practices, children's health and education, sibling relations, child abuse, mental health, gender, play, and rites of passage. Taken together, the essays and documents inChildren in Colonial Americashed light on the ways in which the process of colonization shaped childhood, and in turn how the experience of children affected life in colonial America.

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Publisher New York Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780814757161
SKU 202707244
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0814757162
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0253
Publisher New York University Press

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