The Puritan Experiment: New England Society from Bradford to Edwards / Edition 1

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The comprehensive history of a system of faith that shaped the nation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874517286
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Series: Library of New England
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

1 The Origins and Growth of the Puritan Movement 1
2 Puritanism: Its Essence and Attraction 15
3 Sources of the Great Migration 29
4 Massachusetts: The Erection of a City on a Hill 55
5 Variations on a Theme: Connecticut, New Haven, Rhode Island, and the Eastern Frontier 73
6 Orthodoxy in New England: The Colony Level 86
7 Orthodoxy in New England: The Community 101
8 New England and Puritan England 121
9 The New England Way in an Age of Religious Ferment 131
10 Changes in Restoration New England 141
11 Challenges to the Faith: Pluralism and Declension 154
12 An Oppressed People: New England's Encounters with Metacom, Governor Andros, and the Witches 168
13 Art and Science in Colonial New England 186
14 Race Relations 199
15 New Directions: Puritanism in the Neglected Decades 209
16 Enlightenment and Evangelicalism 225
Suggestions for Further Reading 234
Index 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2005

    Good, readable history of Puritan New England

    This book was used as a companion in a colonial literature class, and it helped a lot with giving some historical perspective to many of the novels that we were studying. When reading the writings of Anne Bradstreet, John Winthrop, and William Bradford, sometimes it is difficult to understand without realizing what the times were like while they were writing. The book was much better than I thought it would be.

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