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"When the first settlers landed on American shores, the difficulties in finding or making shelter must have seemed ironical as well as almost unbearable. The colonists found a land magnificent with forest trees of every size and variety, but they had no sawmills, and few saws to cut boards; there was plenty of clay and ample limestone on every side, yet they could have no brick and no mortar; grand boulders of granite and rock were everywhere, yet there was not a single facility for cutting, drawing, or using stone. These homeless men, so sorely in need of immediate shelter, were baffled by pioneer conditions, and had to turn to many poor expedients and be satisfied with rude covering. In Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and, possibly, other states, some reverted to an ancient form of shelter: they became cave-dwellers; caves were dug in the side of a hill and lived in till the settlers could have time to chop down and cut up trees for log houses."
--from Chapter I
In this comprehensive study on the way of life of the early settlers in the New World, Alice Morse Earle accurately details the new experiences of the colonists and the daily struggles and problems they faced.
Once the settlers built homes, they were met with such problems as providing lighting and preparing and storing food. How they met these challenges, how they lived, and how they survived are all brought to life in Home Life in Colonial Days.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Love everything about this book. Historic situations and the stories are very interesting'Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
The book is a reprint of an 1898 McMillian edition and they printed it without the illustrations. Other material may also be missing -- cannot understand how there is a reprint... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cottage Pr Inc (Consignment)
An invaluable resource. There is so much information here that you have to read it slowly and in small chunks. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Katharine Tree
This book was originally written in the late 1800's. I gives wonderful descriptions of what life was really like living on the American colonial frontier. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Steve Lower
historical piece that actually reads somewhat like a novel. It is a very informative piece and a great piece to have for a reference piece. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Silber