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Life in Colonial America was very diverse from today but we could still compare it to our Family Life today because it is when it marked the beginning of our history There is an underlying core common in both sides of shelter and food but families have changed psychologically socially and materialistically When comparing and contrasting the 17th Century Colonial Family and the Black Family in the Late Colonial Period you can also see these similarities and differences First of all the Colonial Family in the 17th-Century was usually a nuclear family husband wife and children Families would take in poor persons sick or disabled individuals They served as house of correction and welfare institution In the contrary The Black Family in Colonial America suffered in the fields of their masters They followed a very strict schedule during the day and at night got together for entertainment They were very united and their masters usually prevented splitting up the families to avoid runaway slaves The Black Family and The Colonial Family were very alike in their work lives Both families were very united in the work to provide their fundamental needs The Colonial Family was first of all a business each household was self-sufficient and provided their material wants The Black Family however suffered to obtain a plate of food for their children that also worked in the fields The slave mother would have to take her infant child with her to the fields in order to work and feed the infant at the same time For the Colonial Family school and church were very important in the household Parents were charged by law to educate their children to at least read the Scriptures Prayers and personal meditations daily gave importance to religion A brutal Puritan ethic controlled the moral behavior of colonists The Black Family had different aspects in school and religion In the evening the slaves would group themselves into school rooms
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