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33 Alternatively, we can see these stories about seven-year-olds as clear evidence of children’s resilience even amid the trauma and privations of warfare and captivity. Sylvanus, Esther, and Eunice/A’ongote alike all apparently lost their English and learned Wabanaki or Mohawk quickly, and Sylvanus and Esther both learned French as well. The two girls were enthusiastic converts to the Catholicism practiced in their Native families and in New France; Sylvanus was probably baptized and catechized, but because he returned to New England, he was undoubtedly forced to return to Protestantism.
Coté et Cie, 1884), 2:309 and 327. 38 Brewer, By Birth or Consent, 48–70, 140–49, quotation on 65. , 288–95; Carole Shammas, A History of Household Government in America (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2002); Stephanie Coontz, Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage (New York: Viking, 2005). 40 We should probably regard age twelve as among the lowest ages at which a seventeenth- or eighteenth-century adolescent would begin to menstruate. In The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls (New York: Random House, 1997), 3–5, Joan Jacobs Brumberg has argued that the average age at menarche has dropped nearly four full years in the past two centuries, from fifteen or sixteen around the turn of the nineteenth century down to age twelve today.
In his foundational study of childhood and the family, Philippe Ariès describes the early modern era as the period when age consciousness began. See Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life, trans. Robert Baldick (New York: Vintage, 1962), 15–18. 4 Sean Takats, “Domestic Expertise: Literacy and Numeracy in the Eighteenth Century French Kitchen,” Proceedings of the Western Society 32 (2004): 46–64; Jelle van Lottum and Bo Poulsen, “Estimating Levels of Numeracy and Literacy in the Maritime Sector of the North Atlantic in the Late Eighteenth Century,” Scandinavian Economic History Review 59, no.
Age in America : the colonial era to the present by Field, Corinne T.; Syrett, Nicholas L