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Everyday Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony Paperback – 1 Feb 1989
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This is an old book, first published in 1935, but it doesn't make it any less relevant today. Every area of life is considered, from the voyage to New England down to sports and games. Many documents are presented without any commentary at all, and you can come to your own conclusions.
The illustrations are many and are helpful alongside the text to bring these people to life.
Whether you're a student of history or a genealogist, if you're interested in this era at all there is no reason not to own this book. Some people think that the Masschusetts Bay Colony gets little attention compared to Plymouth and Virginia. Whether that's true or not, Everyday Life will give you instant insight into the colony and the colonists personal lives.
As a result what's here is a mixture of highly enjoyable and tedium. If you're researching early fabric types or medical remedies, the lists might be just what you need. If not, you'll find yourself skipping a lot of pages. I'm not planning on getting rid of the book, but it's much more of a research tool than anything else.