If anyone did any serious reading in social history, they would realize that
more than half of that posting is laughable. Yes, times were tough, and
compared to our comfortable existence, life was really a series of hardships.
I suggest those serious in knowing every day life in this time period read
Albion's Seed by David H. Fischer or the Everyday Life in Early America
Series or any of the works by Darrett Rutman. There are many, many more. So
before you quote any of the previous posting as fact, do your research first!