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A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England

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In this revelatory account of the people who founded the New England colonies, historian David D. Hall compares the reforms they enacted with those attempted in England during the period of the English Revolution. Bringing with them a deep fear of arbitrary, unlimited authority, these settlers based their churches on the participation of laypeople and insisted on "consent" as a premise of all civil governance. Puritans also transformed civil and criminal law and the workings of courts with the intention of establishing equity. In this political and social history of the five New England colonies, Hall provides a masterful re-evaluation of the earliest moments of New England's history, revealing the colonists to be the most effective and daring reformers of their day.

About the Author

David D. Hall is Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History at Harvard Divinity School. He is author or editor of numerous books on American religious and cultural history, including Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807873113
Author:
Hall, David D.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
Authority
Subject:
Consent
Subject:
Oligarchy.
Subject:
Puritanism
Subject:
Congregationalism
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Liberty
Subject:
Law reform
Subject:
Monarchy
Subject:
Parliament
Subject:
town government
Subject:
methods of land distribution
Subject:
taxes in colonial period
Subject:
petitions in colonial period
Subject:
voting in colonial period
Subject:
Church membership
Subject:
Communalism
Subject:
Social ethics
Subject:
equity as core value
Subject:
public sphere
Subject:
Oliver Cromwell
Subject:
John Cotton
Subject:
Thomas Hooker
Subject:
Thomas Shepherd
Subject:
the Levellers
Subject:
Calvinism
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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History and Social Science » US History » Colonial America
History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Christianity » Christianity » Calvinist

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