The author John describes In great detail the everyday life of the people in the colony. In his book he writes of family values, virtues and roles in the colonial life. He very specifically describes each aspect of life from the houses they lived in the coming of age and later years. It gives you a much better understanding of how the people lived In colonial times. The thesis reflects the influence of New England on contemporary society by reflecting on the social, economic, political and religious views of the Illinois.
John Demos explains the family life very well in this book, he tells of the very specific roles of everyone In the household. The physical setting, they had houses but they very extravagant or lavish, there houses reflected the lifestyle they live, which is plain, and they only did what was necessary to survive and be close to god and the church. In the Plymouth Colony you might even consider their homes to be huts rather then houses. Since most time was spent either working or going to church they put too much effort into the homes.
Their homes were mainly for the essentials in life, cooking and sleeping. They were very simple structures with usually one room, which was used for all the needed aspects. They had a plain table and benches that they ate on and then put away after their meal. They had very simple beds to that were called beds?C,-?ј which were stuffed with rags and bits of wool. If you were wealthy then you would have what is called a feather bed. The furnishings and lifestyles of the colonists were very simple and plain, this reflected their religious Ideals and lifestyle of this time.
The structure of the household, there were usually about six family members, that was the average size of a family, the houses were generally small, so were as the families. It was not uncommon to have families often though, but six the norm. The father usually left the estate to one of his sons, and would have set aside money for the rest of his children. A young married couple never lived with the parents, they we given land by either parents or the parents had set aside money for them.
If the spouse were to die It was not uncommon for the widowed to remarry, life was Just too art to try and raise a family by yourself, whether being the man or woman. The roles of husband and wife, were about the same as the rest of the western world, with the male having more dominance, the men were the only considered to be freemen, hence giving them the right to vote and not woman. Woman of this time were meant to be seen and not heard. Caring for their husband, children and house was the main role of women at this time.
The husband was to provide the family with food and shelter and to also make sure his children were respectable and followed the rules of the church. Some of the decision-making was mutually agreed on, or they both got a say in it. People marry for love at this time It was mostly for stability and to raise a family. Children were not allowed to show disrespect to their parents. From the 1 OFF standpoint ten canal , a ten Botanical commandment to ‘a A TNT Tanner Ana mother?C,-1?0 was fundamental-and the force of law stood behind it. If a child were to be disrespectful to the father or mother then the child could be put to death.
The parents rarely went to the courts though to have their child be put to death Just or being disobedient. In wills that the parents left behind it would sometimes state who got what based on their discipline and obedience levels. They were not obligated to leave anything to their children though. There were servants and masters in this colony; the servants were part of everyday life. The servants were taken care of by their master; they usually lived with the family. Sometimes they would even have to educate the servant if it was written in their contract.
It was very uncommon to have Indian or Black servants. Even Hough the servant lived with the family they still had to be very obedient and listen to their master, the master basically controlled the life. Kin Connections, usually blood related family members live together but it has been figured out that usually neighbors were children, siblings, or cousins. They are all living on separate estates, but it has been thought that this was originally one state but the grandparent had Just broken it up, so that his children and grandchildren could live close by.
The reason behind doing this was to keep the lath near by, also so the families could help each other out. Mothers would deliver their babies at home, traditionally she would give birth in the inner room of the house and her and the baby would stay there until they were strong enough to get out of bed. There were older ladies there to help her they were called attendants. Once the baby was strong enough and past the critical first few days, then it was baptized, they usually baptized within the first six months. The baby is then taken care of by the mother; it got its nourishment from the breast milk provided by the mother.
As time went on the parents raised the children, the mother mainly raising the girls and the father raising the boys. The young boy appeared as a miniature of his father, and the young girl as a miniature of her mother Parents were the biggest role models to their children, the children learned what to do by watching the father or mother. Usually between the ages of 6 and 8 is when arrangements for an apprenticeship would be made. This is when children started getting more responsibility and acting like sub adults.
This book by John Demos was a very interesting read it had many facts in it but et also had a lot of speculation. It was very good about the detail though and gives a clear vision of what colonial life was like in Plymouth. It was a very structured book, which was nice because you knew exactly what you were reading about and din? have to guess what was being talked about. It was interesting to learn about the levels of society and children and their parents. The introduction was one of the best parts of the book, it set the tone and you got a feeling of where these people were coming from.
It helps you understand some f the norms we have today in our society that still existed back then, like the babies getting baptized within six months of birth, which is still very common to this day. Certain things I like about this manuscript is it seemed a little vague at times, making it hard to make out what really happened. It did have a lot of Insight tong Ana It Ana reliable sources silence teen were all sat each page. Tea at ten Diatom AT Overall this book A Little Commonwealth was an in-depth experience of the colonial life in Plymouth. The little colony came alive in this book.
Every aspect of life and community was covered in this book. Making it a very reliable and knowledgeable source. The book paid great attention to the relationships of husband and wife, parent and children, and servant and master. This is very important because to understand an era or a certain time in history one must understand how the people interacted and got along, or get along. I liked more aspects of this book then disliked. It gave me a much different and varied view of the colonial times. Showing the success of one of the greatest New England colonies, Plymouth.