Chapter

Coming of Age

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/9780195128901.003.0011
Coming of Age

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This chapter examines the tradition and practices concerning coming of age in Plymouth Colony. It explains that during the seventeenth century there was no real word for the period of life between puberty and full manhood, and that the term adolescence was coined only about 75 years ago. The chapter discusses the process whereby young people found a calling to a specific occupation.

Keywords: coming of age; Plymouth Colony; adolescence; calling; occupation

Chapter.  9076 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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