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Puritans At Play: Leisure and Recreation in Colonial New England
For over four centuries "puritan" has been a synonym for "dour, " "joyless, " and "repressed." In the 1930s however, historians began to reappraise the accuracy of this grim portrait. Bruce C. Daniels continues that reappraisal by examining leisure and recreation in colonial and revolutionary New England. He looks closely not only at what New Englanders did from 1620 to 17 ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 15th 1996 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published August 15th 1995)
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Full of easy to digest information and written in an accessible way. Layman readers won't have any issues with jargon, theory, or dense paragraphs of flowery writing. It didn't thrill me but I didn't expect it to (because of the subject matter). This is the first book focusing on Puritans that doesn't make me despise them. Daniels' research humanizes the New Englanders in a way you can relate to, leisure and play. We're a long ways away from where it all began, so it's interesting to see the ver ...more
Puritans at Play is a good, but not great, book. Daniels has read the literature, does not seem to like the Puritans all that much, and spends most of his time in the 18th century. Not all of it, but he obviously found more fun things to write about with those generations, the ones who had so fallen away from the ideals of their ancestors (my story of declension). If without deep revelation it was at least easy to read (though the type-face chosen for this edition was horrendous).