Family Life and Education in the Southern Colonies
This video discusses the family life and education of the Southern Colonies during the late 1600s to the late 1700s. There was a high mortality rate among babies and children, mothers giving birth, and men due to disease. The average life span was 35 years. However, those who survived childhood and other diseases tended to live as long as we do today. 35 is a statistical average, not the common age when people died. Families were large. Education was different than it is now. There were no public schools for young children. However, people were literate and taught the basics in the home. The wealthy would hire tutors and some children would be sent off to boarding school and eventually to college. Those who were not wealthy would be taught a trade through apprenticeship.
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Last updated: 04/09/2018
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