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A little commonwealth; family life in Plymouth Colony
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. An absolutely fascinating attempt to elucidate the social structures within the family, and the experiences of family members, during the first seventy years of Plymouth Colony. The evidence is scanty, and consists mostly of such documents as wills and deeds and records of court cases; personal letters and journals are almost absent.
Demos is very honest about what he doesn't know and scrupulous about attempting to find evidence for every one of his hypotheses, pointing out just what is speculat An absolutely fascinating attempt to elucidate the social structures within the family, and the experiences of family members, during the first seventy years of Plymouth Colony.
Demos is very honest about what he doesn't know and scrupulous about attempting to find evidence for every one of his hypotheses, pointing out just what is speculative. Nonetheless, he gets very far, and comes up with a very clear picture of a society in which there simply were no institutions outside the family -- even in cases where courts had to step in to dispose the case of some individual, they did so by directing some family to do it internally.
A little commonwealth : family life in Plymouth Colony
From a modern point of view the society seems very oppressive, as there was essentially no privacy, no one was permitted to live outside a family, and moral misbehavior was constantly scrutinized and repressed. However, for anyone who can tolerate living like that, it provides belonging from birth to the grave, and a certainty about one's course in life, especially given that there were very few vocational choices; young people learned their parents' trade farming by participating in it from a very young age, and moved gradually and naturally to independence.
To some extent, Demos depended on extrapolating from psychological theory to figure out what the responses to social circumstances might have been; this of course is where evidence is most indirect. Usually his hypotheses were quite plausible, although one of the most central, that the way child-raising was conducted and the circumstances of family life led to a great concern and fascination with aggression, seemed also among the weakest to me. Add to the fine subject matter a smooth writing style, and you have a book I'll want to read again.
Jan 02, Jessica rated it really liked it. This was a very interesting perspective and exploration of the Plymouth colony. This book was a different perspective than the typical one that focuses on the key players of the colony. I especially liked the chapter on clothes! Jul 15, Andrew Pemberton rated it it was amazing.
An excellent social approach to understanding the commonly overlooked aspects of familial life in Plymouth Colony. A solid overview of family life and structure in colonial Plymouth. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 3 47, 3. Add to Your books. Add to wishlist. No current Talk conversations about this book. We are all familiar with the national myth of the Pilgrim story: the Mayflower landing on Plymouth Rock, their encounters with Squanto, and Thanksgiving.
Good survey of domestic life in the 17th century Old Colony. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Plymouth Colony. For my Mother and For the Memory of my Father. Being thus arrived in a good harbor, and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven, who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth, their proper element.
In this sense, the story of the family forms only a part, albeit an important one, of the larger drama of early American history - the drama that lays bare the whole the whole momentous process of interaction between the inherited traditions, values and institutions which the first waves of settlers brought with them and the coercive pressures of the new and radically different environment. References to this work on external resources. Wikipedia in English 1 Plymouth General Court. Haiku summary. Quick Links Amazon. Amazon Kindle 0 editions. Audible 0 editions.
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