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A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony
A Little Commonwealth Family Life in Plymouth Colony Author:John Demos In this pioneering study Mr. Demos examines the family in a specific American context, that of the colony founded by the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower, during the first two generations of its existence. In the absence of the usual literary sources, he has centered his research on physical artifacts, wills, estate inventories, and a var... more »iety of legal and official enactments, and he has drawn also upon the methods and techniques of the behavioral sciences. The result is a study in depth of the ordinary life of a colonial community, located in the broader environment of seventeenth-century America.
The book's most startling insights come from a reconsideration of commonly held views about American Puritans and of the ways in which they dealt with one another. Mr. 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. He portrays the family as a structure of roles and relationships, emphasizing those of husband and wife, parent and child, master and servant; and through the use of a "life cycle" perspective, he shows the family's influence upon the development of individual personality.« less