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Life in the 1850-1860s vs. Life in 2014 for a 13 year old

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Sarina Ninche

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Transcript of Life in the 1850-1860s vs. Life in 2014 for a 13 year old

Life in the 1850-1860s vs. Life in 2014 for a Teenager
Daily Life
When comparing life in the past to now, we have found much more efficient ways to get work done in the easiest and fastest way possible. We are very fortunate for all the inventions that have been created to make it possible to accomplish everyday tasks. Looking forward into our future generations and centuries, there are many more incredible creation awaiting which one day will hopefully create a better life for everyone.
Miscellaneous (Fashion)
Now 2014
Now a days there is a very great variety of home choices such as condominiums, apartments, mansions, bungalow's and just the average two story house. Most of these homes are built with central heating and air conditioning. Many homes have different rooms for different purposes such as bedrooms, bathrooms,kitchens, basements etc. There is also a great variety of local stores that sell furniture and appliances, from beds to toilets, to utensils to tables. More than 50% of appliances in homes are run by electricity. Electricity provides the power of lighting, washing machines/dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, the list goes on!
Chores back than were much harder and intense than they are now, children were expected to wash and cook there food, milk cows,churn butter, mend clothes, clean, feed live stock,lay fires,mend clothes, care for young children, work in the garden, gather fire wood and many other tough outdoor jobs. Depending on the gender, they had different jobs. The male teens accomplished most of the outdoor hands on work, while the female teens did the cooking and clothes mending.
Now 2014

In our modern day chores, teens do not have as big as responsibilities for the most part. The most common chores for teens in this time period are washing the dishes, setting the dinner table,sweeping,running the washing machine, unloading groceries, taking out the trash and some little household cleaning. As you can see now a days teens are not expected to do as much work as they would have between 1850-1860. In many family households, parents also decided to pay there children for completing there daily or weekly chores. The is called an 'allowance'. It is proven to teach children/teens money management for the preparation for their own future careers.
Homes were very limited, not providing all the necessary essentials of everyday life. Within the homes there were no bathroom, but instead families were to use chamber pots. Heating and lighting were both provided by fire. Heating produced by a wooden fireplace, and light from candles. Some children new how to make homemade candles, and others got them from the chandler. Houses were bought with no furniture to begin with, leaving families to supply themselves with their own. Most furniture was made from wood because they have such a big access to it. Little essentials such as kitchen utensils had to be made, which made cooking a lot harder. Everything that needed to be washed within the household was washed with a bar of soap. It was used for personal hygiene as well as washing clothes.
Entertainment was not a huge part of teens lives, but on their free time they found ways to entertain themselves. Children chose to write letters to each other describing their everyday life. This allowed them to here about others days and how they compare to their own. Visiting family and friends was also a fun pass time for children. Children were very creative and made handmade toys that they could play with on their free time. On Sundays, religious family's would attend religious services. This day was very looked forward too because it was a day that had no stress to it which was always a nice break.
Now 2014
Entertainment revolved around children and teens has changed drastically since the 18th century. Technology has been taking a huge part of our everyday lives. 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of those own smartphones.” This provides a great amount of entertainment to teens because of all the applications they provide. Many teens also love to watch tv, hangout with friends, go to the movies,play outside. There is a huge variety of activity's to choose from unlike in the 18th century.
Everyday life was much a lot harder in this time period. Teens and children were to take care of all their chores given before anything else. Since they were in charge of completing a large number of chores, they were not given much free time or a source of education. Many family's could not afford education for there children which lead them to be uneducated. Wealthier family's had the privilege to send there children to school to get the education they all wanted.
Now 2014
In the the life of a privileged teenager, 5 out of 7 days in a week consist of school education. Schooling hours are usually between 6-7 hours per day in the 5 day week. The 2 day weekend that we do not have school, most teens are catching up on sleep, homework, or spending time with family and friends. 2 out of the 12 months in the year, teens are given a summer break to catch up on what they enjoy and to give their brains a break.
Fashion in the 18th century was very conservative and had a fancy style to it. Girls outfits mostly consisted large dresses/ball gowns with either a hat, or fancy hair piece. Boys mostly wore pantalettes, tunics and Skeleton suits.
Now 2014
Most teens are definitely less conservative when it comes to causal everyday outfits. Jeans,shorts,t-shirts,dresses,track pants,sweater etc are mostly worn everyday but a great population of teenaged girls and boys.
By Sarina.N 8-1
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