Puritan Family

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Harper Collins, Jan 1, 1966 - History - 208 pages
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The Puritans came to New England not merely to save their souls but to establish a "visible" kingdom of God, a society where outward conduct would be according to God's laws. This book discusses the desire of the Puritans to be socially virtuous and their wish to force social virtue upon others.

 

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Review: The Puritan Family: Religion and Domestic Relations in Seventeenth-Century New England

User Review  - Katherine Addison - Goodreads

This is a low-key book, sympathetic to its subject matter as many books about the Puritans are not. I found it useful for explanations of a number of things about the Puritans' conception of the ... Read full review

Review: The Puritan Family: Religion and Domestic Relations in Seventeenth-Century New England

User Review  - Alaina - Goodreads

Excellent; it explains so much about the modern American Evangelical community, as well as what would become the philosophical basis for America itself. Read full review

Contents

Husband and Wife
29
Parents and Children
65
The Education of a Saint
87
Masters and Servants
109
The Family in the Social Order
133
Puritan Tribalism
161
Index
187
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About the author (1966)

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Edmund Morgan spent most of his youth in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was educated at the Belmont Hill School, Harvard, and the London School of Economics. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1942 and three years later began his teaching career at the University of Chicago.From there he moved first to Brown University and then to Yale, where he became Sterling Professor in 1965 and emeritus in 1986. Morgan's historical writings greatly enhance our understanding of such complex aspects of the American experience as Puritanism, the Revolution, and the relationship between slavery and racism. At the same time, they captivate readers in the classroom and beyond. His work is a felicitous blend of rigorous scholarship, imaginative analysis, and graceful presentation. Although sometimes characterized as the quintessential Whig historian, in reality Morgan transcends simplistic categorization and has done more, perhaps, than any other historian to open new and creative paths of inquiry into the meaning of the early American experience.

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