Life in the Colonies. Life on a Farm Life in Cities Class Differences Religion Education Leisure Food. Life on a Farm. Economy : the way a society organizes the manufacture and exchange of things of value, such as money, food, products, and services. Life on a Farm
Life in the Colonies
Life on a Farm
Life in Cities
Economy: the way a society organizes the manufacture and exchange of things of value, such as money, food, products, and services.
A. Economy based on farming, commerce(buying and selling goods), and handicrafts
B.9 out of 10 people (90%!) in the colonies lived on small family farms
C. Most family farms raised or made everything they needed
- cutting wood
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II. Life in Cities
A. Only 1/20 colonists lived in a city
B. Colonial cities were very small compared to cities today. Boston and Philadelphia had fewer than 20,000 people in 1700
C. Waterfront was heart of the city - ships brought news from England and goods (paint, carpets, furniture, books)
Most colonists lived ___________.
Compared to today, colonial cities were very _________.
A. In the colonies, class was based on money.
1. Most colonists started out poor
2. Using talents and brains helped a person climb the social ladder
B. People could hope to move up social classes through hard work.
Class differences in the colonies were based on _________.
Colonist could move up to a higher social class through ____________.
A. Religion was important for colonists
1. Children grew up reading the Bible from many times
2. Some communities checked houses to make sure everyone was at church on Sundays
B. The First Great Awakening was a religious movement in the 1730s that encouraged people to become more religious and treat everyone equally.
A. New England towns had public schools
B. Children in the Middle and Southern colonies did not have public schools
C. Most families believe that boys needed more education than girls
A. Colonial children played with dolls, marbles, and tops
B. Children coasted downhill on sleds
C. Playing cards was popular, Puritans disapproved
D. Fairs were held within the colonies where they had races, wrestling matches, dance contests
A. Corn was a major part of the diet
B. Meat was a favorite food, but it was hard to keep it fresh
C. Great iron pots of stew simmered 24 hours a day in colonial fireplaces
D. Ate the main meal between noon and 3 p.m.