#10     Colonial Culture


Styles of houses changed throughout the colonial period.

Most southern planters lived in simple log or clapboard homes.

Watch 5.3min video on Log Homes:

Diet:  "you are what you eat"

Colonial wealthy ate "a dish of duck" or roasted venison.  Down on the farm or frontier, salt pork, corn meal,  Indian beans and greens. 

Potatoes, tomatoes, squash, melons were grown in quantity and traded for other crops.

 Education:  3 Rs were taught so children could read the Bible.

Education was important to early colonial settlers

Why were New England village schools called "dame" schools ? because they were usually taught by a widow or spinster

Hornbook - a child's first book, paddle shaped board

Colonial students usually "graduated" to

1.   New England Primer

         2.  Harvard  first institution of higher ed in Am

        3.  apprentices trainees that worked for a master craftsman

         Ole' Deluder Satan Act - law which

established the first modern school system in America

    1.  any town that has over 50 families has to hire a teacher.

  Benjamin Banneker  black man who accurately predicted an eclipse in 1789 and made a clock entirely of wood.


    Cotton Mather - Puritan minister and scientist who helped to introduce the smallpox vaccine in America 
Watch John Adams 1760s immunizations 4 min video

Benjamin Franklin wrote

Poor Richard's Almanac  some of the daily proverbs.

He that lives upon hope will die fasting. 

Hide not your talents, they for use were made.

What's a sun-dial in the shade? 

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Experience is a dear teacher, and only fools will learn from no other.

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.

The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. 

Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. 

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. 

Watch Zenger 1 min video

 John Peter Zenger  - How did this printer's 
 trial set an important precedent for American freedom of the press?


Leisure time was on the frontier consisted of survival but once things became settled, there were Barn raisings, corn huskings and quiltings gave opportunities for frontier families to gather and socialize while sharing the work load.


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Last Update: September 14, 2017

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