The First Frontier: Life in Colonial America
John C. Miller
Lanham: University Press of America, 1966.
In his historical novel The First of all Frontier: Lifestyle in Colonial America John C. Miller tells of the taming of a tough frontier. He tackles such subject areas as Puritans versus Quakers, southern plantation versus cities, and everyday lifestyle in the colonial period.
Most persons do not realize how identical Quakers and Puritans are really. Both found the new world to flee persecution. The Puritans prepared to create a Heaven on the planet. The Quakers desired a brand new begin in order to produce an apostolic church. The primary difference in belief between your two contains timing. The Puritans thought that God changed people slowly and gradually into what he preferred them to get. The Quakers expected a sudden spark of interior light which signaled connection with the Almighty (p. 74). On the other hand, both groups promoted great standards of moral behavior, inflicted severe punishments, and discouraged outsiders from trying to enter into their settlement. Most outdoor recreation in which Englishmen participated had been viewed as shameful in the eye of these strict spiritual societies.
In addition to religious beliefs, Miller speaks of the dissimilarities between southern plantations and cities. A lot of the population resided in rural areas because farming proved necessitous. As a result of large number of individuals necessary to operate a plantation, careers were plentiful, and plantation owners commonly had many children.