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    Alice Morse Earle(Author)

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This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Alice Morse Earle (1851-1911) was an American historian and author from Worcester, Massachusetts. She was christened Mary Alice by her parents Edwin Morse and Abby Mason Clary. On 15 April 1874, she married Henry Earle of New York, changing her name from Mary Alice Morse to Alice Morse Earle. Her writings, beginning in 1890, focussed on small sociological details rather than grand details, and thus are invaluable for modern sociologists. She wrote a number of books on Colonial America (and especially the New England region) such as Curious Punishments of Bygone Days. She was a passenger aboard the RMS Republic when, while in a dense fog, that ship collided with the SS Florida. During the transfer of passengers, Alice fell into the water. Her near drowning in 1909 off the coast of Nantucket during this abortive trip to Egypt weakened her health sufficiently that she died two years later, in Hempstead, Long Island. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • PDF | 470 pages
  • Alice Morse Earle(Author)
  • Berkshire Traveller Press; 2nd Printing edition (1974)
  • English
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  • By A customer on September 21, 1999

    Alice Morse Earle has written several books on life in Colonial America. This is the first one of her books I've read, and I am eager to move on to another volume, perhaps Child Life in Colonial Days. Mrs. Earle's "Home Life" is a fascinating description of everyday life --- the chores, the tools, the dwelling places, the foods, the sights and sounds --- that Colonial Americans knew. Have you ever seen a strange tool or implement in a museum, an antique shop, or hanging on the wall at a country restaurant, and no one seems to know exactly what it is or what it was used for? Read this book: its many illustrations will more than likely include that mysterious object; and Mrs. Earle will describe clearly what it was and how it was used. This book should be in the library of every enthusiast of American antiques. Without a doubt, this book contains information found nowhere else in a book now in print. This is not a history of Colonial America --- although it contains many interesting tidbits about our country's earliest days. It is, however, an excellent description of everyday life in America, 1600 - 1800, with special emphasis on New England and Virginia. As such, this book would be useful not just to historians and antique collectors, but to writers, museum curators, and anyone who wants to understand Colonial America.

  • By Voracious Reader on June 14, 2012

    I found this book to be the most helpful one I found for doing research on life in colonial times. It was heavily weighted toward the New England region, but there was also information about the middle and southern colonies. In addition, more attention was given to the 1600's than the 1700's. Even though the language is a bit stilted for today's reader, I found it excellent for setting the mood and telling about the colonial way of life.

  • By Jewel's House Animal Sanctuary on December 30, 2014

    Nicely written and easy to understand IF you can see past the glaring editorial mistakes.In the forward, the word "cooperation" has a German umlaut over the second "o". Why? How does one mis-type an umlaut?The first page ends with the end of a sentence. One would naturally assume that the next page would begin with a new sentence. However, page two begins mid-sentence, so the point is lost.The forward also mentions illustrations and pictures that are to be in the book. Flipping through, I see no pictures or illustrations.I'm only on page two of this book, and I've already discovered such mistakes. I hope the publisher sees this and prints a correct edition.

  • By rural girl on July 28, 2009

    I just finished this book and I loved it.First, Alice Morse Earle is descriptive and it is fascinating to read her personal feelings as she looks back in time, writing this in the late 1800's. She often speaks of things that they were still doing or using in the late 1800's that I have never heard of and she'll say "much like we still use" when she spoke of how they cleared snow from roads with horses and plows.Each chapter is more interesting than I could have imagined:Homes of ColonistsThe Light of Other DaysThe Kitchen FiresideThe Serving of MealsFood from Forest and seaIndian CornMeat and DrinkFlax Culture and SpinningWool Culture and Spinning (and cotton)Hand-WeavingGirls' OccupationsDress of the ColonistsJack-knife IndustriesTravel, Transportation and TavernsSunday in the coloniesColonial NeighborlinessOld-time Flower GardensAlice went over in detail the tools, fixtures, techniques and reasons for techniques. It was amazing to read about how much exercise and time women spent making material for clothes.She talks about the earliest forms of tools and how they developed and why they developed and often mentions important inventors, most of whom we would never think about, because we don't have these crafts or trades like flax weaving anymore.She writes about sustainability and surprised me in the weaving chapters on how colonists were able to gain freedom from England with their abilities and work ethics.There are line drawings so we can grasp a better understanding of what these objects and tools looked like.The transportation chapter was fascinating when she wrote about old travel routes like the "New Connecticut Path" and what travel conditions were like and the time it took to get from one place to another.She was most sentimental about gardens and olden day flowers and she wrote about invasive plants that still plague us today.She uses interesting quotes and writings from writers who lived in Colonial times and I appreciated that because those writers are probably not published and there are wonderful descriptions from people who lived thru these experiences. Alice also includes the old spelling.Some might find her writing to be too descriptive and sentimental but I loved it and highly recommend reading it if you are interested in this era. Home Life in Colonial Days is an engaging read.One last, probably not important, tid bit, is that the book I read was published by American Classics, not DoDo Press - does it make a difference? I don't know ...

  • By readaholic on February 24, 2017

    I really enjoyed learning about the evolution of home building, why New York housing is designed the way it is, materials used in construction,etc.It even explains chimney evolution, what the early settlers used for light, starting a fire, antique lighting tools and lamps. I got an illustrated version of the book so I have no complaints there. I think this book is invaluable for writers, historians, and just people who find history details enriching.It is written in an easy to read format. Some of the other topics covered include candle making, whale hunting, and home design.I enjoyed reading about the minimalist kitchen utensils so valuable that they are left in the will.The book goes in depth about weaving, maybe a bit too much for me personally.Apparently everyone had to have a family clothes maker at one time. I thought it was over the top that George Washington andJohn Hancock had such a taste for flamboyant clothes. The whole mailing system was discussed. I never would have imaginedthat Ben Franklin would have taken on the job. I found it amusing that mail was just left in a tavern that was used as a post offficeuntil people wandered in. And, I never would have guessed that this country pioneered the mailing system for England. I found thisbook full of fascinating facts that were colorful, humorous and surprising.


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