Children in Colonial America
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Children in Colonial America by James Marten
Book DescriptionThe 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 America examines 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 and African-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 in Children in Colonial America shed 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814757161
(5830mm x 3895mm x 17mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James Marten
Children and Youth During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Paperback (September 2014)
After the Civil War, urbanization, industrialization, and immigration marked the start of the Gilded Age, a period of rapid economic growth but also social upheaval. This book includes essays, which foreground the role that youth played in exerting agency over their own lives and in contesting the policies that sought to protect and control them.
Children and Youth During the Civil War Era, Paperback (January 2012)
Places the history of children and youth in the context of the Civil War
Cultural History of Childhood and Family, Hardback (July 2010)» View all books by James Marten
An authoritative history of the subject in a 6 volume series. The volumes cover Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Age, the Enlightenment, the Age of Empire, and the Modern Age.
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Author Biography - James Marten
James Marten is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Marquette University. He is author or editor of more than a dozen books including The Children's Civil War and four NYU Press books: Children and War: A Historical Anthology; Children in Colonial America; Children and Youth in a New Nation; and Children and Youth during the Civil War Era. Philip J. Greven is professor emeritus at Rutgers University and author of The Protestant Temperament: Patterns of Child-rearing, Religious Experience, and the Self in Early America, among others.
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