Peoples of a Spacious Land

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Harvard University Press, Oct 25, 2004 - History - 334 pages
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Using original sources as well as the findings of demographers, ethnologists, and cultural anthropologists, Main compares the family life of the English colonists in Southern New England with the lives of comparable groups remaining in England and of native Americans. She looks at social organization, patterns of work, gender relations, sexual practices, childbearing and childrearing, demographic changes, and ways of dealing with sickness and death.
 

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Peoples of a spacious land: families and cultures in colonial New England

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Main (history, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) has written a fine book about family life in early New England that joins a long list of distinguished studies on the topic. Her thorough account of these ... Read full review

Contents

Native New England
1
Newcomers
19
Taking the Land
38
Sexuality Courtship and Marriage
62
Bearing and Losing Children
95
Childrearing and the Experience of Childhood
117
Youth and Old Age
156
Transitions The Narragansetts
188
Transitions The English
203
Select Bibliography
239
Notes
241
Index
313
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Gloria L. Main is Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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