American Children's Games
Civil War Period
This is one of the booklets that I have written. The games
that are described are all from period sources which are included in the
bibliography. The 19th century rules for the games
have been reviewed and converted into directions I felt more appropriate
modern times. Where it seemed advisable, a change in materials used
to play the game may be suggested, e.g., the use of rubber balls for
one game instead of the fist-sized rocks described in the period
One of the features we have found about these games is the dearth of
equipment required for most of them. Usually a game can be played with
materials at hand and willing players. Even for the ones requiring
equipment, often it is a very simple item.
Another interesting element of these games that modern children, with
their frequently highly structured sports and games find different, is
the simplicity of the rules and the lack of a "referee." If a dispute
arise, they must learn to resolve the dispute on their own.
This booklet is also an excellent guide for someone wanting to conduct a
session on children's games for a historic event. As a suggestion,
the game "Puss in the Corner" is probably one of the simplest but most
popular games. That game is
suitable for all ages.
This book is available wholesale for resale.
If you want to look at the previous book in the list,.
American Folk Toys,
If you want to look at the next book in the list,.
Dates of Selected Inventions and Occurrences,