2005 American Studies Seminar
"Childhoods Actual and Imagined: New England, 1790-1860"
Portrait of the Bursley Family
Deborah and David)
Barnstable, Massachusetts. c. 1840-1850. Oil on canvas, Old Sturbridge
Portrait of Unidentified Family, New
England, c. 1840. Oil
on canvas, Old Sturbridge Village.
Thomas Teller, The pleasant journey : and scenes in town
country (New Haven: S. Babcock, 1845) p. 15.
Thomas Teller, The pleasant journey : and scenes in town
country (New Haven: S. Babcock, 1845) p. 37.
Good Advice for Boys & Girls (Worcester: S.A. Howland n.d.) p.12.
"The Hated Task" Charlotte Elizabeth, Short Stories for Children
Tract Society, n.p. n.d.) p. 102.
Selene Livermore, Mourning Picture for John Flint Livermore, 1829 or
1830. Watercolor on paper, Old Sturbridge Village.
"A Horrid Young Monster," cartoon, David Claypoole Johnston,
Portrait of Mrs. Mary Angela Negus Spooner (1811-1886) and Children
(George H. Spooner (1833-1876) and Caroline Negus Spooner (1835-1856).
Painted by her sister, Caroline Negus Hildreth (1814-1867). C. 1835-1837.
Watercolor and colored pencil or crayon on academy board, Old Sturbridge
Painting of Unidentified Woman and Child, c.1815-1825. Watercolor, Old
Portrait of Emily Frances Stone (b. 1827) Probable Date June 24, 1836.
Attributed to Lorenzo White. Oil on canvas, Old Sturbridge Village.
"Life and Age of Man," Broadside, (Northampton, Massachusetts, c 1840)
Old Sturbridge Village.
"Life and Age of Woman," Hand-colored print, (Barre, Massachusetts, c
1840), Old Sturbridge Village.
Joseph H. Davis, Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Enoch Tuttle and Family.
Inscribed in ink below image, "Enoch Tuttle, Jr. Aged 32. Sept. 6th 1836.
James Tuttle Aged 3 years December 13th. Durius W. Tuttle Aged 1 year July
18th. Hannah Tuttle. Aged 25. August 2nd. 1836. Painted at Bow Pond
Strafford. August 6, 1836." Pencil, ink and watercolor on paper, Old
List of Readings
Aries, Phillipe. Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of
Life. New York: Vintage Books, 1965
Demos, John. A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth
edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Reinier, Jacqueline S. From Virtue to Character: American
1775-1850. Twayne's History of American Childhood Series. New York:
The New England Primer Improved ... to which is added ... Mr. Cotton's
Catechism. 1777. Reprint, Aledo, Texas: Wall-Builder Press,
"The Worlds of Children, 1620-1920." Dublin Seminar for New
Folklife Annual Proceedings 27 (2002) Boston: Boston University, 2004.
Articles and Excerpts
Calvert, Karin. "Children in American Family Portraiture,
1810." William and Mary Quarterly 3rd series 39, no. 1 (January
* _________. Part 2: The Natural Child 1750-1830. In Children in
House: the Material Culture of Early Childhood, 1600-1900. Boston:
Northeastern University Press, 1993. Pp. 55-96.
* Demos, John. "Child Abuse in Context: an Historian's Perspective." In
Past, Present and Personal: The Family and the Life Course in American
History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986. Pp. 68-91.
* ________. "The Rise and Fall of Adolescence." In Past, Present and
Personal: The Family and the Life Course in American History. New
Oxford University Press, 1986. Pp. 92-113.
* Dumas, David W. "The Naming of Children in New England,. 1780-1850."
New England Historic Genealogical Register, CXXXII No. 3 (July,
* Dye, Nancy Schrom and Daniel Blake Smith. "Mother Love and Infant Death
1750-1920." Journal of American History 73 (1986) 329-53.
* Kett, Joseph. Growing Up in Rural New England 1800-1840. In
Americans: Explorations in Nineteenth-Century Social History, edited
Tamara K. Hareven. Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice-Hall, 1971. Pp.
* Larkin, Jack. Children Everywhere: Dimensions of Childhood in Early
England Sturbridge, MA: Old Sturbridge Village, 1988.
Online at http://www.osv.org/education/ChildrenEverywhere/index.html
* ________. 'No Force Can Death Resist': Reflections on Child and Infant
Mortality in American History. Old Sturbridge Village, 2000.
osv.org. History Learning Laboratory ID
* ________. "To Leave My Parents Mourning Here: The Life and Death of
Minerva Mayo of Orange, Massachusetts 1803-1822." Kidger Award Lecture,
Online at osv.org.
Learning Laboratory ID # 2062
* Lawes, Carolyn J. "Capitalizing on Mother: John S.C. Abbott and
Self-Interested Motherhood." Proceedings of the American Antiquarian
Society 108 (1999) Part 2: 343-395.
* Mayo, Minerva. "The Life and Writings of Minerva Mayo by Herself"
1820-1822 Orange, Massachusetts. Old Sturbridge Village Research Library.
Transcribed by Jack Larkin.
Online at osv.org. History Learning
Laboratory ID # 822
* Moran, Gerald F., and Maris A. Vinovskis. The Great Care of Godly
Parents: Early Childhood in Puritan New England. In Religion, Family and
the Life Course: Explorations in the Social History of Early America. Ann
Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992. Pp. 109-140.
* ________. Troubled Youth: Children at Risk in
Early Modern England, Colonial American, and Nineteenth-Century America.
In Religion, Family and the Life Course: Explorations in the Social
History of Early America. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press,
* Reinier, Jacqueline S. "Rearing the Republican Child: Attitudes and
Practices in Post-Revolutionary Philadelphia." William and Mary
3rd series 39, no. 1 (January 1982): 150-163.
* Ronda, Bruce A. "Genesis and Genealogy: Bronson Alcott's Changing Views
of the Child." New England Historic Genealogical Register, CXXXV
(October 1981): 259-273.
* Roth, Sarah N. "The Mind of a Child: Images of African Americans in
Early Juvenile Fiction." Journal of the Early Republic 25 no. 1 (spring
* Smith, Daniel Scott. "Child Naming Practices, Kinship Ties, and Change
in Family Attitudes in Hingham, Massachusetts, 1641-1880." Journal of
Social History 19 (1985) 541-566.
* Wasowicz, Laura. "The Children's Pocahontas: From Gentle Child of the
Wild to All-American Heroine." Proceedings of the American Antiquarian
Society 105 (1995) Part 2: 377-416.
For extra reading
Childish Things: The Reminiscence of Susan Baker Blunt
by Susan Baker Blunt Publisher: Tompson & Rutter (1988) ISBN: 0936988142
Nathaniel Hawthorne (Introduction by Paul Auster) Twenty Days with
and Little Bunny by Papa. New York: New York Review of Books, 2003.
Hardcover: 76 pages Publisher: Language: English ISBN: 1590170423
Calvert, Karin. Children in the House: The Material Culture of Early
Childhood, 1600-1900. Boston: Northeastern University Press, c1992