Social Studies - 2018-19

VS.4e - Everyday Life in Colonial Virginia

The student will demonstrate an understanding of life in the Virginia colony by

e) describing everyday life in colonial Virginia.


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

  • Everyday life changes over time.
  • Individuals in different economic and/or social groups have different experiences in everyday life.


UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Resources found in colonial Virginia were used to produce the goods and services people needed.

Everyday life in colonial Virginia was different for whites, enslaved African Americans, and free African Americans.


ESSENTIALS

People living in colonial Virginia depended on natural, human, and capital resources to produce the goods and services they needed.

Food

  • Food choices were limited.
  • Meals were made of local produce and meats.

Housing

  • Most people lived in one-room houses with dirt floors.
  • Some wealthy people (e.g., merchants, lawyers, planters) lived in large houses.

Clothing

  • Women made clothes for family members in their households.
  • Most clothing was made of cotton, wool, and/or leather.

Most white Virginians made their living from the land as small farmers. A few owned large farms (plantations).

Most enslaved African Americans worked tobacco, other crops, and livestock. Enslaved African Americans were denied basic rights.

Some free African Americans owned land but were denied basic rights.

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 18, 2018