On the Fringes of the Prairie, 1800-1850
Yankees and Southerners: Families

Yankees Southerners
The primary family unit was nuclear--parents and young children. Because mature children were expected to find their own way in the world, young children were brought up to be self-reliant and self-directed. Children as sources of labor were important to the success of the family. Mothers usually raised 6 or more children. By working together, children learned that their parents' wisdom and skills came from experience.

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