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Daily Life in Brittish North America in the 1850s

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Sinead Dunne

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Daily Work Home Life Social Life Schooling and Childhood In the 1850s children were needed at home, and couldn’t have an education. In the 1840s in Western Canada, Egerton Ryerson organized and set up a system of free elementary schools, but even then the children rarely showed up to school or sometimes not at all. Some religions organizations provided schooling for children, but these schools normally Job Segregation
In the 1850s, jobs were organized by gender. Women would be responsible for household chores, while men normally did the outside work. When needed, everyone was expected to hold their own weight with farming jobs such clearing fields. Children did not have household jobs, but by the age of five they were expected to start doing household chores. In the mid-1800s, the heat they had for winter was just a wood stove, which would be mandatory for survival, and would demand that the settlors cut and haul wood. In the summer time, the woodstove was on and being used for heating water and cooking. There was absolutely no indoor plumbing; there were no flush-toilets, although they did have outhouses and chamber pots. The families would normally go to bed early because their lights were candles and oil lamps, the candles and the oil lamps were dim for much of the settlor’s activities in the evening, and the oil and wax candles were expensive. Daily Life in Brittish
North America in the 1850s How Life Looked British North American society was different across the nation. Eastern Canada was mainly French-speaking and their religious views were Roman Catholic. Western Canada was mostly English-speaking and the largest percent of people were Protestant. There were also communities of African descent; however this pattern mostly occurred in South Western Canada, but more in Nova Scotia. First nation’s people lived away from European settlers, due to the still uneasy tension between the two cultures. In the 1850s, there was little entertainment. People read newspapers and wrote long letters to realitives about thier lives. People got excited about visiting family and going to church. They needed time away from the hardships of daily life and to socialize. By Kennedy Higgins,
Sinead Dunne,
Nathan Johns,
and Connor Sheppard The girls would learn how to knit, spin, sew, cook, work in the garden, milk the cows, and care for the younger children in the family. The boys on the other hand would help with feeding livestock, and gather firewood. Older boys would clear fields, harvest crops, and build fences. At age 14 boys would work a full day in the fields, while the girls would have to be able to do any household chore. Life in the 1850s charged fees, and back then families normally couldn’t afford the charges so not many children attended. In the late 1800s they had started schooling for everyone. Entertainment there were two comonalities between colonies in the 1850s. The first was majorly distinct class divions. Depending on their class, people spoke, dressed, and acted differently. Also, people tended to move in and out of settled areas frequently. This second patteren occured because people were trying very hard to improve their quality of life. Daily Life in Brittish North America was very tough, and you had to work hard to survive the long, cold winter, and to make a life for your family.
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