At Work in Colonial America

Cobblestone September 2019. Daily life in the early American Colonies was filled with work in a variety of trades and occupations.
Cobblestone September 2019

Living in Colonial America was clearly different than living in modern America. People dressed differently, they ate differently, they played differently. And, with no electricity or computers or phones, they certainly worked differently.


Learn how Colonial Americans worked as you study the jobs people did, how they did them, and what the people who did these jobs were called—many of which are probably not names you’re familiar with! Meet Coopers, Chandlers, Cutlers, and Cobblers. And don’t forget Farriers and Tanners—what in the world do you think they do?  Tour a Colonial Hotel and get to know the Blacksmith.  Plus, see what roles were available for Colonial women and look at some of the worst jobs in history.


Enjoy features including:

  • The Farming Life by Andrew Matthews
  • Timber! by Mary Morton Cowan
  • At Your Service by Will Bremen
  • Welcome, Travelers by Cynthia Overbeck Bix
  • Slavery Takes Root by Dianne Swann-Wright and Eric Arnesen
  • More at Your Service by Will Bremen
  • Working Women by Meg Cherian
  • Meet George Pare, Blacksmith by Marcia Amidon Lusted


Regular features of COBBLESTONE magazine include: Did You Know, Going Global, Freeze Frame, Your Letters, Just for Fun, Dr. D’s Mystery Hero, Spotlight On…, Say What? and Cartoon Connection.