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A Little CommonwealthFamily Life in Plymouth Colony$
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John Demos

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.001.0001

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Coming of Age

Coming of Age

(p.145) Chapter Ten Coming of Age
A Little Commonwealth

John Demos

Oxford University Press

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

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