Colonial Days in Old New York is a treasure trove of facts about the life and times of the American colonists and the birth of our nation.
Renowned historian and bestselling author, Alice Morse Earle provides a vivid portrait of the daily lives of America’s early settlers in Colonial Days in Old New York. From childhood to old age, from courtship and weddings to crime and punishment, from what they ate and drank to sports and entertainment, you ll discover what life was really like in America’s colonial era. With a mix of anecdotes and intimate details, Earle brings America’s bygone days to life.
Earle is an acclaimed historian of America’s colonial era. In the past many scholars dismissed her work, often because she was a woman, and her books focused on the details of everyday life. Since then she has earned her place as a one of the primary sources of America’s early social history.
We all know that our country is great, far better than we know why it is great. And perhaps that is the best reason why we should love history. It makes us love our country. Alice Morse Earle
“Her many books of Colonial life, customs, manners, dress…are recognized as the best, most accurate and the fullest descriptions…of (the) life of our forefathers.” – The New York Times Book Review
“Information has been hunted down with admirable persistency and linked together so that the result is as entertaining as any novel.” – Boston Herald
About the Author
Alice Morse Earle (1851 – 1911) was an American historian and bestselling author born in Worcester, Massachusetts. When she was 23, she married and moved to New York. She began to write shortly before she turned forty. Unlike many historians of the time, Earle wrote about small sociological details rather than grand events, providing valuable insights into America’s Colonial era. Earle spent all of her adult life in Brooklyn Heights, New York with her husband and four children, where she enjoyed tending her garden.