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Woman's Life in Colonial Days Paperback – July 12, 1999
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His writing style, as might be expected of a Professor of English, is very good. The book, though academic, has an easy style and flow.
The subject, of course, is 'women in the colonial period': the various aspects of their lives: religion, education, at home, social life and dress, etc.
Here is the TOC:
I -- COLONIAL WOMAN AND RELIGION
II -- COLONIAL WOMAN AND EDUCATION
III -- COLONIAL WOMAN AND THE HOME
IV -- COLONIAL WOMAN AND DRESS
V -- COLONIAL WOMAN AND SOCIAL LIFE
VI -- COLONIAL WOMAN AND MARRIAGE
VII -- COLONIAL WOMAN AND THE INITIATIVE
What surprised -- and dare I say delighted me -- about the book, besides Holliday's vast knowledge, was the fact that he was so 'progressive' in most of his outlook. Although there is certainly some parts of his work we can be offended by, for the most part Holliday presents his knowledge supported by the original sources; he neither rants against the harsh ways of the past, neither is he an apologist for them.
Instead he smartly leads the reader through some pretty horrendous days in our nation's (USA's) history. And I must say that I will never look upon the Puritans in the same way again. It's not that Prof. Holliday condemns them as much as he lets their own words do the talking.
I'm not usually the sort of reader that seeks out the opinions of others for 'what happened'. I tend to like to read what people at the time wrote for themselves. BUT I greatly enjoyed this book. Prof. Holliday gave me the benefit of his superior knowledge, and at the same time used so many original sources that I did not feel deprived.
Recommend this to readers who want to learn more about our early history and how our forebearers lived and thought.