stiff penalties for disobedient children in Colonial America

July 4, 2022

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The Fourth Commandment in Colonial Connecticut

In Colonial Connecticut there were stiff legal penalties against disobedient children. Here is an example:

“If any childe or children above fifteen years old, and of sufficient understanding, shall curse or smite their natural father or mother, he or they shall be put to death, unless it can be sufficiently testified, that the parents have been unchristianly negligent in the education of such children.”
~ One Night Stands With American History

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