American Antiquarian 
Society

  Programs > Academic Programs > American Studies Seminar

Search this site

2005 American Studies Seminar

"Childhoods Actual and Imagined: New England, 1790-1860"

 

Image Gallery

 
Family of 3 and 
sofa
Figure 1.
Portrait of the Bursley Family (Washburn, Deborah and David) Barnstable, Massachusetts. c. 1840-1850. Oil on canvas, Old Sturbridge Village.
Enlarge view

 

 
Family of 3 
and 
sofa
Figure 2.
Portrait of Unidentified Family, New England, c. 1840. Oil on canvas, Old Sturbridge Village.
Enlarge view

 

Family Scene 
Parlor
Figure 3.
Thomas Teller, The pleasant journey : and scenes in town and country (New Haven: S. Babcock, 1845) p. 15.

 

Family Scene 
Eating
Figure 4.
Thomas Teller, The pleasant journey : and scenes in town and country (New Haven: S. Babcock, 1845) p. 37.

 

Family Scene 
Chamber
Figure 5.
Good Advice for Boys & Girls (Worcester: S.A. Howland n.d.) p.12.

 

Hated Task
Figure 6.
"The Hated Task" Charlotte Elizabeth, Short Stories for Children (American Tract Society, n.p. n.d.) p. 102.

 

 
Mourning Picture 
John F. Livermore
Figure 7.
Selene Livermore, Mourning Picture for John Flint Livermore, 1829 or 1830. Watercolor on paper, Old Sturbridge Village.
Enlarge view

 

 
Horrid Young Monster DC Johnston 1845
Figure 8.
"A Horrid Young Monster," cartoon, David Claypoole Johnston, Scraps, (Boston, 1849)
Enlarge view

 

 
Mary Angela Negus Spooner and Children c 1835
Figure 9.
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 Village.
Enlarge view

 

 
Mother with 
Child 
watercolor.JPG
Figure 10.
Painting of Unidentified Woman and Child, c.1815-1825. Watercolor, Old Sturbridge Village.
Enlarge view

 

 
Port of Emily 
F.JPG
Figure 11.
Portrait of Emily Frances Stone (b. 1827) Probable Date June 24, 1836. Attributed to Lorenzo White. Oil on canvas, Old Sturbridge Village.
Enlarge view

 

 
Life and Age of 
Man.JPG
Figure 12.
"Life and Age of Man," Broadside, (Northampton, Massachusetts, c 1840) Old Sturbridge Village.
Enlarge view

 

 
Life and Age of 
Man.JPG
Figure 13.
"Life and Age of Woman," Hand-colored print, (Barre, Massachusetts, c 1840), Old Sturbridge Village.
Enlarge view

 

 

Figure 14.
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 Sturbridge Village
Enlarge view

 

 

List of Readings

Books

Aries, Phillipe. Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life. New York: Vintage Books, 1965

Demos, John. A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony. 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Reinier, Jacqueline S. From Virtue to Character: American Childhood, 1775-1850. Twayne's History of American Childhood Series. New York: Twayne, 1996.

The New England Primer Improved ... to which is added ... Mr. Cotton's Catechism. 1777. Reprint, Aledo, Texas: Wall-Builder Press, 1991.

"The Worlds of Children, 1620-1920." Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Annual Proceedings 27 (2002) Boston: Boston University, 2004.

 

Articles and Excerpts

Calvert, Karin. "Children in American Family Portraiture, 1670 to 1810." William and Mary Quarterly 3rd series 39, no. 1 (January 1982): 64-86.

* _________. Part 2: The Natural Child 1750-1830. In Children in the 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 York: 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, 1978): 196-210.

 

* 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 Anonymous Americans: Explorations in Nineteenth-Century Social History, edited by Tamara K. Hareven. Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice-Hall, 1971. Pp. 1-16.

 

* Larkin, Jack. Children Everywhere: Dimensions of Childhood in Early New 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.
Online at osv.org. History Learning Laboratory ID # 1967.

* ________. "To Leave My Parents Mourning Here: The Life and Death of Minerva Mayo of Orange, Massachusetts 1803-1822." Kidger Award Lecture, March 1999.
Online at osv.org. History 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, 1992. Pp. 141-180.

 

* Reinier, Jacqueline S. "Rearing the Republican Child: Attitudes and Practices in Post-Revolutionary Philadelphia." William and Mary Quarterly 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 No. 4 (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 2005): 79-109.

 

* 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 Julian 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

 

Additional 
Information

Seminar leader Jack Larkin is Museum Scholar and Chief Historian at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Class discussion with the 2005 seminar leader, Professor Jack Larkin

Working with primary materials in the library

Holy Cross faculty representative Edward O'Donnell with students at the AAS reception to celebrate their accomplishments in the seminar.

 


American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
Tel.: 508-755-5221
Fax: 508-753-3311
e-mail the library

Contact Us
Staff Directory
Site Map
Site Index
Last updated September 12, 2005

American Antiquarian 
Society logo

This site and all contents © 2011 American Antiquarian Society

Valid HTML 4.01!