- from Colonial America
Children played a big part in Colonial America. The work they did on farms or in towns and cities was very valuable.
Large families were common. Six or more children in a family was not unusual. A Boston printer named Green had 30 kids! But almost half of all children died before the age of six. Diphtheria, whooping cough, smallpox, and other diseases killed many children. The ones who survived led lives far different from yours.