The Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts

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Overview

A radical new interpretation of the political and intellectual history of Puritan Massachusetts, The Making of an American Thinking Class envisions the Bay colony as a seventeenth century one-party state, where congregations served as ideological 'cells' and authority was restricted to an educated elite of ministers and magistrates. From there Staloff offers a broadened conception of the interstices of political, social, and intellectual authority in Puritan Massachusetts and beyond, arguing that ideologies, as well as ideological politics, are produced by self-conscious, and often class-conscious, thinkers.

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Alden T. Vaughan
Invigorating....By reading the sources with an uncommonly keen eye for the nuances of power, Staloff sheds new light on many heretofore slighted aspects of Massachusetts history....Old hands at Puritan studies as well as newcomers to the field will profit immensely from this insightful book. -- Alden T. Vaughan, Columbia University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195113525
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Pages: 296
  • Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Staloff is Assistant Professor of History at City College of New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Prologue: The Struggle for the Company 3
1 The Creation of the New England Way: Cultural Authority and the Puritan Thinking Class 11
2 John Cotton, Roger Williams, and the Problem of Charisma 26
3 John Cotton and the Dialectic of Antinomian Dissent 40
4 Antinomianism Defeated 55
5 Ordering the One-Party Regime 73
6 Establishing Orthodoxy 91
7 From the Cambridge Platform to the Half-Way Covenant 114
8 The Restoration and the Politics of Declension 143
9 Increase Mather and the Decline of Cultural Domination 169
App. A: Key Terms 189
App. B Toward a Postrevisionist Interpretation of Puritanism: Religion, Society, and Politics 192
Notes 207
Index 269
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