Womans life in colonial days

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II Colonial Woman And Education /. Feminine Ignorance Unfortunately when we attempt to discover just how thorough woman’s mental training was in colonial days we are somewhat handicapped by the lack of accurate data. Here and there through the early writings we have only the merest hints as to what girls studied and as to the length of their schooling. Of course, through- | out the world in the seventeenth century it was not customary to educate women in the sense that men in . the same rank were educated. H… More >>

Womans life in colonial days

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  1. Tiny Bubbles says:

    Didn’t like the book so I couldn’t finish it. I can’t tell u what I thought of it since I didn’t finish reading it. To me the book didn’t make a whole lot of sense.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Anonymous says:

    The book was very interesting from a woman’s point of view. There were things that I never knew. For example, I always assumed that women were the meek and unrespected sex of the colonial period, when in fact they were well respected. I did think that there were too many diary entries.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Pam Tee says:

    A Woman’s Life in Colonial Days was written by Carl Holliday, and first published in 1922. My quick research did not turn up much on Mr. Holliday except that he seems to have been a literature professor — at first Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of English University of Toledo; and later a professor in California. But wherever he resided, his focus was on early American history. And he quotes easily from both primary and secondary sources.

    His writing style, as might be expected of a Professor of English, is very good. The book, though academic, has an easy style and flow.

    The subject, of course, is ‘women in the colonial period’: the various aspects of their lives: religion, education, at home, social life and dress, etc.

    Here is the TOC:

    I — COLONIAL WOMAN AND RELIGION

    II — COLONIAL WOMAN AND EDUCATION

    III — COLONIAL WOMAN AND THE HOME

    IV — COLONIAL WOMAN AND DRESS

    V — COLONIAL WOMAN AND SOCIAL LIFE

    VI — COLONIAL WOMAN AND MARRIAGE

    VII — COLONIAL WOMAN AND THE INITIATIVE

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    INDEX

    What surprised — and dare I say delighted me — about the book, besides Holliday’s vast knowledge, was the fact that he was so ‘progressive’ in most of his outlook. Although there is certainly some parts of his work we can be offended by, for the most part Holliday presents his knowledge supported by the original sources; he neither rants against the harsh ways of the past, neither is he an apologist for them.

    Instead he smartly leads the reader through some pretty horrendous days in our nation’s (USA’s) history. And I must say that I will never look upon the Puritans in the same way again. It’s not that Prof. Holliday condemns them as much as he lets their own words do the talking.

    I’m not usually the sort of reader that seeks out the opinions of others for ‘what happened’. I tend to like to read what people at the time wrote for themselves. BUT I greatly enjoyed this book. Prof. Holliday gave me the benefit of his superior knowledge, and at the same time used so many original sources that I did not feel deprived.

    Recommend this to readers who want to learn more about our early history and how our forebearers lived and thought.

    Pam T

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    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Woman’s Life in Colonial Days is a very detailed, very informative, book by Carl Holliday, first published in 1922. This makes it a very interesting study, not just on women of the Colonial period but also a study on how women are viewed in the early 20th Century. The book tries to answer the question what was life like for women in the colonies? The book compares their lives to the life of modern women, at least those modern women of the 1920s. Studying letters, diaries and other sources the book gets into marriages, day-to-day life, social issues, religion, education, home life and even touches on romance. Sometimes harsh, always hard, but also full of hope and passion, the book allows us to peek into the lives of such great women as Dolly Madison, Martha Washington, and Eliza Pinckney, along with the thousands of women who lived in Boston, Charleston, Philadelphia, and New York. From Quakers to Puritans, from Mothers to charming hostess, this book allows us to see the many sides of the women of colonial America.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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