Category - Teen
From colonial times through the late nineteenth century, the vast majority of americans had chosen to marry and have children by their early to mid-twenties. Marriage and parenthood was a rational choice for people living in a society dependent on family production. The story of the colonial era has usually been told as if white european males acted alone in settling north america. Prior to the mid-twentieth century, history books generally gave only slight attention to the lives of colonists who lacked access to powerservants, women, native americans, african slavesthus creating wide gaps in the story of america. Being been a teen myself and now the mother of teens, id say that most teenagers find it hard to talk to their parents about anything that might upset them or be the source of an argument. For useful analyses of international differences in adolescent pregnancy, see jones et al. (1986) and jones, forrest, henshaw, silvernan, and torres (1989). For some earlier studies that have not focused much on the issues of adolescent pregnancy and childbearing, see kett (1977), vinovskis (1981), and wells (1985). For an attempt to provide information about the topic in colonial and. Women did not participate in town meetings and were excluded from decision making in the church. Puritan ministers furthered male supremacy in their writings and sermons. They preached that the soul had two parts, the immortal masculine half, and the mortal feminine half. Women and children were treated harshly in the puritan commonwealth. Kristin luker, author of the acclaimed abortion and the politics of motherhood, puts to rest once and for all some very popular misconceptions about unwed mothers from colonial times to the present. She traces the way popular attitudes came to demonize young mothers and examines the profound social and economic changes that have influenced. Most minor offenses resulted in monetary fines, but many individuals paid for their unorthodox behavior in other, more humiliating ways. Authorities forced guilty parties to spend several hours in the public square, locked into the stocks or pillory or placed in the gallows with a rope.