Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1996 - History - 585 pages
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Based on the biographies of some three hundred people in each city, this book shows how such distinguished Boston families as the Adamses, Cabots, Lowells, and Peabodys have produced many generations of men and women who have made major contributions to the intellectual, educational, and political life of their state and nation. At the same time, comparable Philadelphia families such as the Biddles, Cadwaladers, Ingersolls, and Drexels have contributed far fewer leaders to their state and nation. From the days of Benjamin Franklin and Stephen Girard down to the present, what leadership there has been in Philadelphia has largely been provided by self-made men, often, like Franklin, born outside Pennsylvania.

Baltzell traces the differences in class authority and leadership in these two cites to the contrasting values of the Puritan founders of the Bay Colony and the Quaker founders of the City of Brotherly Love. While Puritans placed great value on the "calling" or devotion to one's chosen vocation, Quakers have always placed more emphasis on being a good person than on being a good judge or statesman. Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia presents a provocative view of two contrasting upper classes and also reflects the author's larger concern with the conflicting values of hierarchy and egalitarianism in American history.

 

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Your an idiot, my name is william Weightman as is my son my father and my grandfather.we still live in nj.you did no real research or you would see that the inheritance flowed through the walker line

Contents

A Problem Defined
2
Privileged and Ruling Classes A Theory of Class Authority and Leadership
20
Boston Brahmins and Philadelphia Gentlemen An Empirical Test
32
Reformation England From Brawling Lord to Sober Judge
60
The Puritan Revolution and the Rise of Quakerism
80
Puritan and Quaker Patterns of Culture The Theology of Culture
93
The Founding of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania
110
The Classic Ages of the Two Colonies
124
Education and Leadership
247
Boston and Philadelphia and the American Mind
282
Art and Architecture
307
The Learned Professions Law Medicine and the Church
336
The Governing of Men Deference and Defiant Democracy
370
Catholics in Two Cultures
418
Philadelphia Orthodox Quakerism A Deviant Case Suggests a Rule
434
Epilogue
454

Heresy Hierarchy and Higher Education
134
Provincial Boston and Cosmopolitan Philadelphia in the Age of Thomas Hutchinson and Benjamin Franklin
144
The Great Generation Founders of the New Nation
180
Philadelphias Silver Age and Bostons Federalist Family Founders
193
Wealth The Fertilizer of Family Trees
208
Appendixes
458
Notes
518
Bibliography
542
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