Peoples of a Spacious Land: Families and Cultures in Colonial New England pdf epub fb2

Peoples of a Spacious Land: Families and Cultures in Colonial New England by Gloria L. Main pdf epub fb2

Peoples of a Spacious Land: Families and Cultures in Colonial New England Author: Gloria L. Main
Title: Peoples of a Spacious Land: Families and Cultures in Colonial New England
ISBN: 0674006283
ISBN13: 978-0674006287
Other Formats: lrf mobi txt lrf
Pages: 334 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press; First edition (September 25, 2001)
Language: English
Category: History
Size PDF version: 1525 kb
Size EPUB version: 1626 kb
Subcategory: Americas




In this book about families--those of the various native peoples of southern New England and those of the English settlers and their descendants--Gloria Main compares the ways in which the two cultures went about solving common human problems. Using original sources--diaries, inventories, wills, court records--as well as the findings of demographers, ethnologists, and cultural anthropologists, she compares the family life of the English colonists 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.

Main finds that the transplanted English family system produced descendants who were unusually healthy for the times and spectacularly fecund. Large families and steady population growth led to the creation of new towns and the enlargement of old ones with inevitably adverse consequences for the native Americans in the area. Main follows the two cultures into the eighteenth century and makes clear how the promise of perpetual accessions of new land eventually extended Puritan family culture across much of the North American continent.