Sunday, October 21, 2018

Reading - 18C American Woman with a Book

Matthew Pratt, Mary Jemima Balfour, Hampton,Virginia, 1773 holding a book

Not only was reading taught & mastered in the colonial home, but the home was the primary place of reading throughout people’s lives. For those of Protestant faiths, morning & evening devotions required reading & contemplation of religious texts, & often families & neighbors gathered in the home for further religious study