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Cordwainers & Cobblers in Colonial America by Harry Schenawolf

Shoemakers and Repair            “The cobbler aproned and the parson gowned, The friar hooded, and the monarch crowned. Or cobbler-like, the parson will be drunk; Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow. The rest is all but leather or prunella.”                                                 Pope, Essay on Man The word shoe is derived form the …

Militias in Colonial America

How does a nation defend a spacious new land to which it just laid claim?  Consider a land that begins with a trickle of settlers, only to surge into a steady stream of immigrants, each year’s population surpassing the next by leaps and bounds; a territory teaming with merchants, farmers, and artisans, quickly fanning out …

Life in the Rebel Camp

In 1775, military decorum and assigned duties within the ‘rebel’ units gradually improved from a collection of militia farmers and yeomen to the beginnings of a coordinated and effective fighting force.  Officers of the Continental Army, former merchants, planters, lawyers, farmers, and legislatures realized the need for organized camp life.  If a regiment learned to …

Industry in the Colonies

The American colonies produced much of the raw material used to manufacture fine linen. Up to the time of the Revolution, the finest materials traditionally came from overseas; American-made was scorned as homespun and worn only during work or by those of lesser means. This reputation was altered drastically during the time of the Revolutionary …

History of Dentistry in the 18th Century

Throughout the eighteenth century, upper and lower classes both shared the same woes when it came to decaying teeth and the somewhat primitive, even barbaric means of dental care.  Diseases like smallpox, malaria, scurvy, and syphilis (to name a few) were rampant.  So too were the diets heavy on sugar, sweetened teas, fortified wines, and …