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Family life and sociability in Upper and Lower Canada, 1780-1870 : a view from diaries and family correspondence /
Françoise Noël.
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Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003.
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xii, 372 p. : ill.
ISBN
0773524452
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Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003.
isbn
0773524452
catalogue key
4797905
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-10-01:
Noel (Nipissing Univ.) examines various aspects of social life in early-19th-century Canada in this important book on the nature of family life, based primarily on family correspondence, journals, and diaries from mainly white middle-class families. The author explores the world of courtship and engagement, the relationships between parents and children, and the whole range of social and family networks that bound people together in settler colonies. This book breaks new ground as it shows that young people had considerable latitude in choosing their mates, and that fathers often played an important role in childrearing. More important, Noel challenges the myth of "separate spheres" and concludes that family life for the middle class, at least, was not situated in some narrow world of domesticity, but that it occupied "a much broader social space shared by people of both genders and all ages." A very accessible book on family life in the 19th century. Summing up: Highly recommended. All academic and college libraries. R. B. Blake University of Regina
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Drawing on diaries and letters exchanged between family members Françoise Noël considers the nature of family, the couple during courtship and after marriage, parents and children in childhood and after the children leave home, and the social life of the family in terms of both leisure time and entertainment and the mutual assistance provided by social networks of kin, neighbours, and friends. She notes that courtship usually took place within the social network of interactions with kin and neighbours and shows that family life was located in a broad social space that included people of various ages. By examining the correspondence and diaries of francophone and anglophone middle-class families of various faiths, Noël presents touching stories of family life in the Canadas in the early nineteenth century.
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An intimate look at family life in the Canadas over a ninety-year period. Drawing on diaries and letters exchanged between family members Franoise Noel considers the nature of family, the couple during courtship and after marriage, parents and children in childhood and after the children leave home, and the social life of the family in terms of both leisure time and entertainment and the mutual assistance provided by social networks of kin, neighbours, and friends. She notes that courtship usually took place within the social network of interactions with kin and neighbours and shows that family life was located in a broad social space that included people of various ages.
Table of Contents
Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 3
The Couple
Courtship and Engagementp. 19
Marriagep. 60
Housekeeping and Household Productionp. 82
Married Lifep. 102
Parents and Children
Childbirth and Infancyp. 133
Childhoodp. 148
Childhood Accidents, Illness, and Deathp. 165
Parent-Child Relationshipsp. 173
Kinship and Community
Domestic Rituals and Celebrationsp. 193
Family Sociabilityp. 211
Mutual Assistance and Reciprocityp. 246
Family Correspondencep. 259
Conclusionp. 273
App. 1p. 277
App. 2p. 280
Notesp. 281
Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 363
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