Chapter

Parents and Children

John Demos

in A Little Commonwealth

Second edition

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128901
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.003.0007
Parents and Children

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This chapter examines the relationship between parents and children in Plymouth Colony. It explains that the parent-and-child relationship in the colony involved a set of reciprocal obligations. Children were required to respect their parents, and this requirement was supported by law. On the other hand, the rightful authority of parents was limited in several ways, including the clause of the law relating to extreme and cruel correction.

Keywords: parents; children; Plymouth Colony; reciprocal relationship; parental authority; cruel correction

Chapter.  2076 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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