Shopkeepers from the 1700s?

Question by ducky 411: Shopkeepers from the 1700s?
I can’t find information about shopkeepers. I need to know what their family life was like, their social status, everyday life, and challenges they may have faced.

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  1. Shopkeepers were among the most important members of the colony. They not only provided goods but for many of them provided a line of credit to the consumer.

    Below is a resource to find out more….3rd section:

    http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/michener.american.colonies.money

    Their home life was above their business life…in 2 ways:

    the family was an important key. It provided offspring to both help out in the future but inherit the business.

    the shop was on the first level or in front of the home. Paul Revere lived above the shop/workshop

    http://www.planetware.com/i/photo/paul-revere-house-boston-ma477.jpg

    Everyday life was spent in the shop producing goods as in Revere’s case or making candles, arranging hardware, cutting meat, throwing clay…whatever it took to create a “supply” of product. It would include ordering supplies, arranging stock, fixing prices and attending to customers. During this time, maintenance of the shop and any local meetings and church services.

    They were not only accepted but respected in the community. They were the suppliers of society. They held the things necessary for people to live more comfortably. They eliminated the necessity of making everything you needed to survive.

    They faced the same challenges as everyone. They also were more interested in being supplied than others since he was an important link or “middleman” in the resource to consumer chain.

    “Urban merchants also played key leadership roles in American resistance. By 1770 these men, about 10 percent of the taxpayers, owned from 50 to 60 percent of the total wealth of these towns. Their wealth also gave them much prestige and enabled them, and their lawyer allies who handled complex commercial transactions, to dominate political life.”

    http://encarta.msn.com/text_761569964___23/american_revolution.html

    They also were part of the education/training of the colony. When they became old enough, some became apprentices and were used and trained in the business:

    http://library.thinkquest.org/J002606/1700s.html

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