Home Life in Colonial Days

Alice Morse EARLE (1851 - 1911)

CHAPTER I HOMES OF THE COLONISTS When the first settlers landed on American shores, the difficulties in finding or making shelter must have seemed ironical as well as almost unbearable. The colonists found a land magnificent with forest trees of every size and variety, but they had no sawmills, and few saws to cut boards; there was plenty of clay and ample limestone on every side, yet they could have no brick and no mortar; grand boulders of granite and rock were everywhere, yet there was not a single facility for cutting, drawing, or using stone. These homeless men, so sorely in need of immediate shelter, were baffled by pioneer conditions, and had to turn to many poor expedients, and be satisfied with rude covering. In Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and, possibly, other states, some reverted to an ancient form of shelter: they became cave-dwellers; caves were dug ... (taken from first chapter of the book). Talk about starting from scratch!! Susan Morin

Genre(s): Social Science (Culture & Anthropology), Early Modern

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication and Forword Susan Morin
00:05:06
Play 01 Homes of the Colonists Susan Morin
00:46:45
Play 02 The Light of Other Days Susan Morin
00:29:27
Play 03 The Kitchen Fireside Susan Morin
00:36:59
Play 04 The Serving of Meals Susan Morin
00:47:35
Play 05 Food from Forest and Sea Susan Morin
00:39:25
Play 06 Indian Corn Susan Morin
00:32:39
Play 07 Meat and Drink Susan Morin
00:41:04
Play 08 Flax Culture and Spinning Susan Morin
00:40:13
Play 09 Wool Culture and Spinning, with a Postscript on Cotton Susan Morin
00:45:07
Play 10 Hand-Weaving Susan Morin
01:04:44
Play 11 Girls' Occupations Susan Morin
00:51:24
Play 12 Dress of the Colonists Susan Morin
00:36:04
Play 13 Jack-knife Industries Susan Morin
00:45:55
Play 14 Travel, Transportation, and Taverns Susan Morin
01:05:28
Play 15 Sunday in the Colonies Susan Morin
00:38:18
Play 16 Colonial Neighborliness Susan Morin
01:03:22
Play 17 Old-time Flower Gardens Susan Morin
00:53:14