Alice Morse Earle

The religious aspect of the life of children, especially in early colonial days, particularly in New England, formed a far deeper part of their  life   Spirit of the Lord, perhaps I should say the fear of the Lord truly filled our days. Born into a religious atmosphere, reared in religious ways, surrounded on every side by religious  influence, they could not escape the influence of deep religious feeling they certainly had a profound familiarity with the Bible. Historian green says that the Englishman of that day was a man of one book,  the Bible. There were  few American children until after the revolution that read from any book save the Bible, a primer or catechism and perhaps a hymn book or an Almanac.


While the education of the sons of the planters in all the colonies was briefly provided and supported, the daughters fared but poorly. The education of a girl in particular  was deemed vastly less important  than her instruction in household duties . It was felt that she should read and write a little and learn some arithmetic.