The Puritans in America

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Harvard University Press, 1985 - Biography & Autobiography - 438 pages
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The whole destiny of America is contained in the first Puritans who landed on these shores, wrote de Tocqueville. These newcomers, and the range of their intellectual achievements and failures, are vividly depicted in The Puritans in America. Exiled from England, the Puritans settled in what Cromwell called ‚eoea poor, cold, and useless‚e place‚e"where they created a body of ideas and aspirations that were essential in the shaping of American religion, politics, and culture.

In a felicitous blend of documents and narrative Alan Heimert and Andrew Delbanco recapture the sweep and restless change of Puritan thought from its incipient Americanism through its dominance in New England society to its fragmentation in the face of dissent from within and without. A general introduction sketches the Puritan environment, and shorter introductions open each of the six sections of the collection. Thirty-eight writers are included‚e"among these Cotton, Bradford, Bradstreet, Winthrop, Rowlandson, Taylor, and the Mathers‚e"as well as the testimony of Anne Hutchinson and documents illustrating the witchcraft crisis. The works, several of which are published here for the first time since the seventeenth century, are presented in modern spelling and punctuation.

Despite numerous scholarly probings, Puritanism remains resistant to categories, whether those of Perry Miller, Max Weber, or Christopher Hill. This new anthology‚e"the first major interpretive collection in nearly fifty years‚e"reveals the beauty and power of Puritan literature as it emerged from the pursuit of self-knowledge in the New World.

 

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Contents

LOOMINGS
17
THOMAS HOOKER 15861647
22
JOHN COTTON 15841652
27
THOMAS SHEPARD 16051649
33
THE MIGRATION
37
PLYMOUTH
41
G Mourt
45
THOMAS MORTON 15751646
48
ROGER WILLIAMS
207
THE PASSING OF THE FATHERS
210
NEW ENGLAND ALONE
218
JOHN NORTON
224
THE JEREMIAD
229
INCREASE MATHER 16391723 The Mystery of Israels Salvation 1667
237
THOMAS SHEPARD JR 16351677
247
THE REVIVAL OF PIETY
261

WILLIAM BRADFORD 15901657
51
WILLIAM AMES 15761633
59
THOMAS HOOKER
62
JOHN WINTHROP 15881649
70
JOHN COTTON
75
JOHN WINTHROP
81
JOHN COTTON
93
JOHN WINTHROP
97
WILLIAM HOOKE 16001677
102
JOHN COTTON
107
EDWARD JOHNSON 15981672
112
PETER BULKELEY 15831659
117
CITY ON A HILL
123
The First American Poetry
126
ANNE BRADSTREET 16121672
128
THE ANTINOMIAN CRISIS
149
ANNE HUTCHINS ON 15911643
154
JOHN WINTHROP
164
HENRY VANE 16131662
168
THOMAS SHEPARD
171
THOMAS HOOKER
176
THE SPECTER OF TOLERATION
179
BUSINESS IN THE BIBLE COMMONWEALTH
185
O NEW ENGLAND
189
THE COTTONWILLIAMS DEBATE
196
JOHN COTTON
201
SOLOMON STODDARD 16341729
268
COMING OF AGE
273
THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS
277
SAMUEL SEWALL
291
EDWARD TAYLOR 16421729
294
COTTON MATHER 16631728
316
COTTON MATHER
323
COTTON MATHER
330
WITCHCRAFT
337
SUSANN A MARTIN
342
MARY EASTY
345
ROBERT CALEF 16481719
347
POLITICS AND SOCIETY
351
JOHN WISE 16521725
359
JEREMIAH DUMMER 16791739
366
A NEW STYLE
370
THE DISPERSION OF THE NEW ENGLAND WAY
379
JOSEPH MORGAN 1671c 1745
383
SOLOMON STODDARD
386
SAMUEL JOHNSON 16961772
389
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 17061790
395
JOHN BULKELEY 16791731
400
AFTERWORD
405
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
415
INDEX
433
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Alan Heimert is Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University.

Andrew Delbanco is the Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.

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