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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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Parents and Children

Parents and Children

(p.100) Chapter Six Parents and Children
A Little Commonwealth

John Demos

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between parents and children in Plymouth Colony. It explains that the parent-and-child relationship in the colony involved a set of reciprocal obligations. Children were required to respect their parents, and this requirement was supported by law. On the other hand, the rightful authority of parents was limited in several ways, including the clause of the law relating to extreme and cruel correction.

Keywords:   parents, children, Plymouth Colony, reciprocal relationship, parental authority, cruel correction

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