The Puritan Experiment: New England Society from Bradford to Edwards

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UPNE, 1995 - History - 255 pages
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This revised and updated edition of an out-of-print classic once again makes the broad background of Puritanism accessible to students and general readers. Based on a chronology that begins with the Act of Supremacy in 1534 and ends with Jonathan Edwards's death in 1758, Francis J. Bremer's interpretive synthesis of the causes and contexts of the Puritan movement integrates analyses of the religious, political, sociological, economic, and cultural changes wrought by the movement in both Old and New England. From meeting house architecture to Salem witch trials, from relations with Native Americans to the founding of the nation's first colleges, he details with style and grace "a living system of faith" that not only had profound significance for tens of thousands of Englishmen and Americans in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but also affected the course of history in the New World.
 

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Contents

The Origins and Growth of the Puritan Movement
1
Its Essence and Attraction 75
15
j Sources of the Great Migration
29
The Erection of a City on a Hill
55
Connecticut New Haven Rhode Island and the Eastern Frontier
73
The Colony Level
86
The Community
101
New England and Puritan England 2
125
Pluralism and Declension
154
New Englands Encounters with Metacom Governor Andros and the Witches
168
Art and Science in Colonial New England
186
Race Relations 799
199
Puritanism in the Neglected Decades
209
Enlightenment and Evangelicalism
225
Suggestions for Further Reading
234
Index
249

p The New England Way in an Age of Religious Ferment ?
131
Changes in Restoration New England
141

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FRANCIS J. BREMER is emeritus professor of history at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. A leading authority on Puritanism, he is the author of numerous books, including First Founders: American Puritans and Puritanism in an Atlantic World and the award-winning biography John Winthrop: America’s Forgotten Founding Father.

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