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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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: The Family in Comparative Perspective

: The Family in Comparative Perspective

(p.179) Conclusion: The Family in Comparative Perspective
A Little Commonwealth

John Demos

Oxford University Press

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

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