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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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Later Years

Later Years

(p.171) Chapter Eleven Later Years
A Little Commonwealth

John Demos

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the individual development in Plymouth Colony from middle to old age. It explains that the colonists left behind no evidence to suggest any turning points in the course of their lives after the attainment of maturity. The only way to obtain some notion of the basic instincts of the colonists about age and aging involves the matter of officeholding or leadership. The chapter provides statistics concerning the ages of the men who served in various parts of the Colony's government.

Keywords:   middle age, old age, aging, Plymouth Colony, maturity, leadership, officeholding, colonial government

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