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Life in Colonial America

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Life in Colonial America, the combination of customs, traditions, and social practices that governed the daily lives of the citizens of the British colonies in North America that became the United States. This article provides a portrait of social and cultural life in the American colonies in the middle of the 18th century, when colonial culture was at its most developed and most dynamic.


For younger readers

Barrett, Tracy. Growing up in Colonial America. Millbrook, 1995. For readers in grades 4 to 6.

Burgan, Michael. Colonial and Revolutionary Times. Watts, 2003. For readers in grades 5 to 8.

Doherty, Kieran. Puritans, Pilgrims, and Merchants: Founders of the Northeastern Colonies. Oliver, 1998. History of individual colonies and biographies of their leaders. For younger readers.

Doherty, Kieran. Soldiers, Cavaliers, and Planters: Settlers of the Southeastern Colonies. Oliver, 1999. History of individual colonies and biographies of their leaders. For younger readers.

Egger-Bovet, Howard, and Marlene Smith-Baranzini. Book of the American Colonies. Little, Brown, 1995. For readers in grades 5 to 8.

Jaycox, Faith. The Colonial Era: An Eyewitness History. Facts on File, 2002. A solid reference for readers in grade 10 and up.


Henretta, James A., B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Priscilla Alden Burke Professor of History, University of Maryland. Author of Evolution and Revolution: American Society, 1600-1820 and America’s History.

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