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Life in Colonial America vs. Life in Modern Day America

The Similarities and Differences Between Two of America's Crucial Time Periods
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Amanda Runkle

on 22 March 2013

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Transcript of Life in Colonial America vs. Life in Modern Day America

The Similarities and Differences between Two of America's Crucial Time Periods Life in Colonial America vs. Life in Modern Day America Colonial Food vs. Modern Day Food Conclusion Food Production and Farming Workin' For a Livin'! Colonial Jobs vs. Modern Jobs ABCs and 123s Colonial Schooling vs. Modern Day Schooling Just Kids Being Kids! Colonial Childhood vs. Modern Day Childhood Stability and Changes In Colonial Times...
People grew a lot of their own food, such as corn and wheat.
People raised their own animals, such as cows and chickens, or hunted animals, such as as deer, wild turkey, and rabbits, for meat. In Modern Times...
People get most of their food from the supermarket.
There are several restaurant chains where people go to eat. In Colonial Times...
Jobs such as farmers, blacksmiths, shop owners, bakers, sailors, cobblers, apothecaries, teachers, basket makers, and tailors were very common. Everyday people did these jobs, and most items were made by hand. In Modern Times...
Jobs such as doctors, lawyers, writers, farmers, business men and women, welders, oil workers, financial advisers, teachers, fast food workers, and factory workers are very common today. People get paid a lot mor emoney nowadays as well. In Colonial Times...
Only boys could attend school. They were taught math, Latin, science, reading, and spelling, and they had homework. Children's bad behavior would be punished by a slap to the knuckles or to the bottom; punishments were very strict. Some of these boys went on to college. In Colonial Times...
Kids did not have a lot of time to play. They helped with the daily chores, went to school, and learned how to work. They did not have a lot of toys, either. Some parents might import dolls or tea sets for their children from England, but most toys were made from everyday items, such as string, barrel rings, rope, and other items. Kids could play jump rope, make and fly kites, roll rings, play hopscoth with rocks, and play tag. In Modern Times...
Kids play almost all the time when they aren't in school. Toys are made in all forms, shapes, sizes, and colors. Kids can play on playground equipment, play video games, play board games, and all sorts of other toys. What kinds of toys do you have? In Modern Times...
Both boys and girls are required to attend school. They are taught math, science, reading, writing, social studies, music, math, physical fitness, and sometimes, different languages. Punishments are a lot less strict today, there is no slapping people on the knuckles or bottom. There are many similarities and differences between these two time periods. Some aspects of life have not changed so much, while others have changed a great deal. Nevertheless, we re still a great country!
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