Life in the 1920s to 1930s
From the paper:
“Mary Veronica English was born on April 7, 1921 to a middle class family in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up she attended a Catholic grade school that was run by Nuns, who were very strict. Any form of disobedience would result in a ruler being slapped across her back, however that rarely happened. She was growing up at a time when corporate punishment was the norm in schools. The age-old adage of ?spoil the rod and spoil the child? was one that was used throughout the society.
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The society was still patriarchal and the parents—mainly the father, ruled the family. The children were obedient and religious and went to Church every Sunday. The people lived in close-knit communities and regardless of the fact that the Nuns ruled by the ruler, she liked most of the nuns and thought they taught much better than the public schools, because they took more time with each student.”