Childhood in Colonial America

David, Joanna, and Abigail Mason. 1670. (M. H. de Young Memorial Museum of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco).


A child in colonial times experienced life much differently than we did and continue to today. We will explore these differences through their daily lives, education, discipline and ideas on child play.


"They no sooner step than they stray, they no sooner lisp then they ly." - Cotton Mather, Diary

Education and Literacy - Discipline - Play and Material Culture - Daily Life - About the Authors - Bibliography Page - History 341 Webpage