By Karen Halttunen

ISBN-10: 0631235663

ISBN-13: 9780631235668

A better half to American Cultural heritage bargains a historiographic evaluate of the scholarship, with targeted cognizance to the main reports and debates that experience formed the sphere, and an overview of the place it really is presently headed.

  • 30 essays discover the background of yankee tradition in any respect analytic degrees
  • Written by means of scholarly specialists well-versed within the questions and controversies that experience activated curiosity during this burgeoning box
  • Part of the authoritative Blackwell partners to American historical past sequence
  • Provides either a chronological and thematic procedure: themes diversity from British the United States within the Eighteenth Century to the fashionable day globalization of yank tradition; thematic ways contain gender and sexuality and pop culture

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Lang, Amy Schrager: Prophetic Woman: Anne Hutchinson and the Problem of Dissent in the Literature of New England (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987). Laslett, Peter: The World We Have Lost (London: Methuen, 1965). Lemay, J. A. Leo: The American Dream of Captain John Smith (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1991). Lepore, Jill: The Name of the War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity (New York: Viking, 1998). : Piety and Power: Gender and Religious Culture in the American Colonies, 1630–1700 (New York: Routledge, 2002).

Now, religion and economic growth are more typically seen as complementary, as in Gloria Main’s Peoples of a Spacious Land: Families and Culture in Colonial New England (2001), which explores a “family gospel” of “personal piety, family labor, and congregational independence” (p. 237). When New England town studies were at the height of their influence, scholars used their social science methods to conduct research on other colonial regions, initially contrasting them to the New England town. Because the town was not an important institution in other colonies, these studies were organized around such social units as the neighborhood, the county, or the colony as a whole.

Showing lay engagement in a shared religious culture was one way to counter that criticism. David Hall’s important work Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England (1989) shared the same goal. Hall explored providential thinking, popular religious literature, execution sermons, and a host of other evidence to argue in favor of a culture that united clergy and laity. Philip Gura’s study of radicalism in early New England (1984) took a different tack, exploring heterodox beliefs in the period to 1660.

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