Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Little Commonwealth – Family Life in Plymouth Colony - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony

John Demos


The year 2000 marked the 30th anniversary of the publication of this title. The study examines the family in the context of the colony founded by the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower. Basing his work on physical artifacts, wills, estate inventories, and a variety of legal and official enactments, the author portrays the family as a structure of roles and relationships, emphasizing those of husband and wife, parent and child, and master and servant. The book's most startling insights come from a reconsideration of commonly held views of American Puritans and of the ways in which they dea ... More

Keywords: family, colony, Pilgrims, Mayflower, American Puritans, repression, colonial community, seventeenth-century America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195128901
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Demos, author
Yale University