The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates

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by Sarah Vowell
     
 

"To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Sarah Vowell investigates what that means - and what it should mean. What Vowell discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoe-buckles-and-corn reputation might suggest. The people she finds are highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty. Their story is filled with… See more details below

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"To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Sarah Vowell investigates what that means - and what it should mean. What Vowell discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoe-buckles-and-corn reputation might suggest. The people she finds are highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty. Their story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance." "Along the way she asks: Was Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop a communitarian, a Christlike Christian, or conformity's tyrannical enforcer? Answer: Yes!; Was Rhode Island's architect, Roger Williams, America's founding freak or the father of the First Amendment? Same difference; What does it take to get that jezebel Anne Hutchinson to shut up? A hatchet; and What was the Puritans' pet name for the Pope? The Great Whore of Babylon." She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from the old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide.

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ISBN-13:
9781410413659
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
03/04/2009
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
341
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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