Sunday, November 18, 2018

Reading - 18C American Woman with Husband & a Book

1790s John Brewster (American artist, 1766-1854) Dr and Mrs Brewster reading & writing

From the time of the first settlements in Jamestown (1607) & Plymouth (1620) until the establishment of a few early institutions of higher learning & subscription libraries in the 1730s, the private home library remained the primary place devoted exclusively to reading. Children learned to read in the home, & once proficient at reading, colonials continued reading at home until death or poor eyesight rendered this impossible.