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The Resource A little commonwealth : family life in Plymouth Colony, John Demos

A little commonwealth : family life in Plymouth Colony, John Demos

Label
A little commonwealth : family life in Plymouth Colony
Title
A little commonwealth
Title remainder
family life in Plymouth Colony
Statement of responsibility
John Demos
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The year 2000 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of A Little Commonwealth by Bancroft Prize-winning scholar John Demos. This groundbreaking study examines the family in the context of the colony founded by the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower. Basing his work on physical artifacts, wills, estate inventories, and a variety of legal and official enactments, Demos portrays the family as a structure of roles and relationships, emphasizing those of husband and wife, parent and child, and master and servant. The book's most startling insights come from a reconsideration of commonly-held views of American Puritans and of the ways in which they dealt with one another. Demos concludes that Puritan "repression" was not as strongly directed against sexuality as against the expression of hostile and aggressive impulses, and he shows how this pattern reflected prevalent modes of family life and child-rearing. The result is an in-depth study of the ordinary life of a colonial community, located in the broader environment of seventeenth-century America. Demos has provided a new foreword and a list of further reading for this second edition, which will offer a new generation of readers access to this classic study
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Demos, John
Dewey number
306.85/0974/82
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ557.P5
LC item number
D4 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Plymouth (Mass.)
Label
A little commonwealth : family life in Plymouth Colony, John Demos
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0603/99012551-d.html
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The physical setting. Housing ; Furnishings ; Clothing -- The structure of the household. Membership ; Husbands and wives ; Parents and children ; Masters and servants ; Wider kin connections -- Themes of individual development. Infancy and childhood ; Coming of age ; Later years -- Conclusion: the family in comparative perspective -- Appendix -- Demographic tables
Control code
ocm40668247
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
2nd ed., new ed. 30th anniversary.
Extent
xxiv, 201 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780195128901
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
99012551
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o40668247
  • (OCoLC)40668247
Label
A little commonwealth : family life in Plymouth Colony, John Demos
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0603/99012551-d.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The physical setting. Housing ; Furnishings ; Clothing -- The structure of the household. Membership ; Husbands and wives ; Parents and children ; Masters and servants ; Wider kin connections -- Themes of individual development. Infancy and childhood ; Coming of age ; Later years -- Conclusion: the family in comparative perspective -- Appendix -- Demographic tables
Control code
ocm40668247
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
2nd ed., new ed. 30th anniversary.
Extent
xxiv, 201 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780195128901
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
99012551
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o40668247
  • (OCoLC)40668247

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