: The Family in Comparative Perspective

John Demos

in A Little Commonwealth

Second edition

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128901
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853960 | DOI:
: The Family in Comparative Perspective

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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the family of the Pilgrim settlers in Plymouth Colony. From the very beginning of settlement at Plymouth, the family was nuclear in its basic composition, and it has not changed in this respect ever since. The typical household usually consists of one adult couple and their own children, and sometimes a servant or aged grandparents. The findings suggest that during this period, the family was considered a school, a vocational institute, a house of correction, and a welfare institute.

Keywords: family; Pilgrims; Plymouth Colony; household composition; vocational institute; welfare institute

Chapter.  3798 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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