Life During the Revolution

Tyler Huang 1st Period

Even though a revolution was taking place, Colonists still had the everyday responsibilities, chores and tasks they always had.

Medicine and Health


Most doctors during the revolution lacked experience and were only trained by apprenticeship. Most doctors could generally be divided into the three categories: Physicans, apothecaries and surgeons. Physicans primarily were the "elite" doctors, with degrees from universities and held formal training. Apothecaries and surgeons were often less knowledgeable and usually did not have any formal training like physicians.

In 18th century America, often more than not, a doctor would be actually be a "ship surgeon", a protoge of a surgeon, physican or an apothecary. They usually took on all three jobs, but were highly inexperienced in all three. They were thought to be sub-par from surgeons, apothecaries and physicans.

Diseases and Treatment

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Food and Drink

Common Meals

Colonists three main meals of the day, by order, were: breakfast, dinner and supper. Back in the late 1700s, lunch was named dinner and dinner was named supper. The word dinner was nonexistent.

Of course, meals varied greatly by region and not everybody ate the same things, but this is the general gist of what they ate every day. All of these meals are what the gentry ate.


In the 18th century many of the things that are abundant today were only for the most elite and prestigious. Fruits were very elusive due to the fact that nobody knew how to store them properly. Vegetables were also a luxury because they were hard to cook right then. Meats like venison and lamb were considered to only be afforded by the uber-rich. In fact, venison became a status symbol of the elite and rich!

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Colonial Cooking

Entertainment and Leisure


Many middle and poor class had duties hindering their leisure time, so mainly the rich and elite were the ones with free time.

The opera was a very big activity along with puppet shows and other types of theater. Many people went to spas and people thought that spa water was therapeutic and nourishing. Balls, soirees and dances were very big, too. Some cheaper alternatives were playing cards, backgammon, chess, dominoes and other board games were popular. Many people gambled and went to the casinos. Reading was popular, but books were expensive so people joined libraries. And public executions drew large crowds, too.


People played tennis, a rougher version of what is now football, cricket and they rode horses.