Does any body remember the jobs at all by:Shannon Mercer
Everyone knows the story of the pilgrims, how they arrived, how they lived and met the Indians. But there is not too much said about what jobs they had during the colonial days. There were very many specific jobs that people had during the Colonial times. People needed many skills in order to help the community to survive. The tools that were used were very important because without them they were unable to do anything. Colonial people had many jobs. Without their skills, civilization within the colony would not be what it is today.
Apprentice and mentor
An apprentice and their mentor working together
A black smith making an iron horse shoe
Wigmakers at work
woman making wigs
There were alot of jobs back in colonial day s so here are some of the thousands of jobs they had. There were cobblers who made and fixed shoes, Hatters of course made hats from leather and beaver skin and because of that he was also called the beaver, black smiths made iron horse shoes, pots, nails, and tools he was also the dentist, the wig maker not only made wigs, cut and shave men but he was also the doctor. There were very many jobs in colonial times all these jobs were very important, without Milliners and tailors they wouldn't have had clothes, without woodworkers they wouldn't have had furniture or cabinets. As you see without most of these jobs America wouldn't have survived for very long. But since were on the topic of jobs why don't we talk about the apprentices.
The way that people had jobs was mostly based on the skills they had. However, some people were assigned jobs and then taught how to do them. Children at the age of 13-5 years old were expected to work without pay for 7 years. They were given mentors to help them learn their trade. When anybody became an apprentice they signed a paper stating that as an apprentice they would never run away, sell anything of theirs or their mentors trade without permission, they could not go any where unless they asked permission. The mentors also had to write on this paper saying that they will not hurt or treat their apprentice cruelly it also said that they would teach the art and mystery of his craft and he promised to teach the child how to read and write. and at the end of their servitude they were sometimes given a set of tools and any other freedom dues.
Every job has some kind of tool the blacksmith had a anvil which was used to bend and flatten metal and here are just a few more tools to name. There was the shaving horse which was a type of work bench that woodworkers used, there was the gristmills that millers used and so much more. There were many types of tools for many types of jobs.
In conclusion, There were very many specific jobs that people had during the Colonial times. People needed many skills in order to help the community to survive. The tools that were used were very important because without them they were unable to do anything. Without their skills, civilization within the colony would not be what it is today. As you can see there were very many and important things about colonial jobs. So the next time you talk about colonial times remember this poster.