Daily Life in the Colonial City, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313047049
  • ISBN-13: 9780313047046
  • DDC: 973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 455 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released January 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The American city was an integral part of the colonial experience. Although the five largest cities in colonial America--Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Charles Town, and Newport--held less than ten percent of the American popularion on the eve of the American Revolution, they were particularly significant for a people who resided mostly in rural areas, and wilderness. These cities and other urban hubs contained and preserved the European traditions, habits, customs, and institutions from which their residents had emerged. They were also centers of commerce, transportation, and communication; held seats of colonial government; and were conduits for the transfer of Old World cultures. With a focus on the five largest cities but also including life in smaller urban centers, Krawczynski's nuanced treatment will fill a significant gap on the reference shelves and serve as an essential source for students of American history, sociology, and culture.

In-depth, thematic chapters explore many aspects of urban life in colonial America, including working conditions for men, women, children, free blacks, and slaves as well as strikes and labor issues; the class hierarchy and its purpose in urban society; childbirth, courtship, family, and death; housing styles and urban diet; and the threat of disease and the growth of poverty.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
Series Foreword.
1: Settlement.
2: Government.
3: Family and Community.
4: Religion.
5: Labor and Economy.
6: Education.
7: Crime and Punishment.
8: Poverty and Poor Relief.
9: Housing and Street Life.
10: Food and Dining.
11: Clothing and Cleanliness.
12: Health and Medicine.
13: Recreation.
14: Arts and Sciences.
15: Cities in Rebellion.
Selected Bibliography.
About the Author.