Why did everyone in average colonial household have to work?

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Everyone in a colonial household had to work because life was much more labor-intensive in those days.  In other words, it took a lot more work just to get the basics of life.

Think about how things were in those times.  The vast majority of people lived on their own...

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Everyone in a colonial household had to work because life was much more labor-intensive in those days.  In other words, it took a lot more work just to get the basics of life.

Think about how things were in those times.  The vast majority of people lived on their own farms and made or grew most of the things they needed.  These were people who had to grow their own food, get milk from their own cows, and make that milk into butter or cheese on their own.  There were no labor-saving devices for those jobs so that meant a lot of hard work like churning butter and milking cows by hand.

As far as growing the staple crops like grains, again, there was no mechanization.  A farmer would have to, for example, plow his fields with a horse-pulled plow and then plant them by hand.  He would have to harvest them by hand.  Everything was done without mechanisation.

This already sounds like a lot of work.  Now take into account that we haven't discussed making clothes, making food, making candles, washing, or any of those things.  No wonder everyone had to work!

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