American family Volume 1

Paperback | May 5, 2014

byArthur Wallace Calhoun

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... IX. FAMILY LIFE AND PROBLEMS IN COLONIAL NEW YORK? The marriage ritual among the Dutch was full of realism. The groom was told to lead, instruct, comfort, protect, and love his wife and maintain his home honestly. The bride was warned against lording it over her spouse. Domestic life in the colony was in the main quiet and commonplace. Family troubles seldom came to court. Mrs. Grant testifies to the happiness of marital life in Albany: Inconstancy or even indifference among married couples was unheard of. . . The extreme affection they bore their mutual offspring was a bond that forever endeared them to each other. Marriage in this colony was always early, very often happy, and very seldom, indeed "interested." The Dutch women were strongly influential, active in affairs, and respected by their husbands. In Dutch ^ neither party is married to the other: bride or groom marries with the other. In New Netherlands both sexes received education and men and women were more equal than later under the English fashion. (In New York, 1780, the men monopolized the seats on the mall leaving the ladies to stand.)82 To the end of this colonial period the enjoyment by women of greater in-' . dependence than in communities of English origin at- ( tested the Dutch sources of New York.83 The wife was I her husband's equal in the eyes of the law which rec- 82 Earle. Colonial Dames and Goodvnves, 200. 88 Van Rensellaer. History of the City of New York, vol. ii, 157. ognized a community in possessions if there was no ante-nuptial contract.84 Such a contract often provided that the wife and husband should inherit absolutely from each other. Often joint wills of like tenor were made. This was a distinctively Dutch usage. Such wills are significant of...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... IX. FAMILY LIFE AND PROBLEMS IN COLONIAL NEW YORK? The marriage ritual among the Dutch was full of realism. Th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:May 5, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217311024

ISBN - 13:9780217311021

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