Fissures in the Rock: New England in the Seventeenth Century / Edition 1

Fissures in the Rock: New England in the Seventeenth Century / Edition 1

by Richard Archer
     
 

ISBN-10: 1584650850

ISBN-13: 9781584650850

Pub. Date: 04/01/2001

Publisher: University of New Hampshire Press

The ambitious goal of this book is to provide a new portrait of the social life and social structure of 17th-century New England. The resulting synthesis dismantles conventional presentations of a homogenous, Puritan New England in favor of one emphasizing difference, divergence, and even conflict over values and behavior. Richard Archer investigates the political…  See more details below

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The ambitious goal of this book is to provide a new portrait of the social life and social structure of 17th-century New England. The resulting synthesis dismantles conventional presentations of a homogenous, Puritan New England in favor of one emphasizing difference, divergence, and even conflict over values and behavior. Richard Archer investigates the political history of power, the intellectual history of religious beliefs, the social history of the family, the economic history of systems of exchange, ethnic history, and environmental history to display the many "fissures" that rent New England society from the very outset.

While he stresses the complexity of New England beliefs, economics, family life, and town and political life, he also makes clear how the larger society -- far more complex and complicated than traditionally portrayed -- nevertheless coalesced as a functioning social order. Chapters on Indians, religion, social structure, family life, deviant behavior, the economy, and towns demonstrate that diversity and a common culture did in fact coexist.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584650850
Publisher:
University of New Hampshire Press
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Series:
Revisiting New England
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Relations between Colonists and Native Americans5
3"All Things Are Turned Upside Down Among Us": Religion, Power, and Order27
4The Eminent and the Mean: Social Stratification, Status, and Power59
5Life Cycle, Gender, and Family73
6Lusty Young Men and Wicked Women98
7Economic Behavior and Beliefs111
8Scattered Like Swedes: New England Towns134
9New England in the Seventeenth Century152
App. AWealth and Men's Church Seating: New Haven, 1656, 1662, 1668159
App. BOfficeholding161
App. CAge, Wealth, and Officeholding162
App. DDistribution by Decile for General Population162
App. EMale and Female Names163
App. FNew England Towns and Wealth Distribution, 1640-1680164
App. GNew England Towns and Demography165
Notes169
Bibliography199
Index221

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