The Puritan Family: Religion and Domestic Relations in Seventeenth-Century New England
The Puritans came to New England not merely to save their souls but to establish a "visible" kingdom of God, a society where outward conduct would be according to God's laws. This book discusses the desire of the Puritans to be socially virtuous and their wish to force social virtue upon others.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1966 by Harper Perennial
(first published August 7th 1942)
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This book won't suit everyone -- especially anyone not particularly interested in this aspect of American history, which is the reason I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars. But if you are interested at all, this is a book to read. It is a shortish book (186 pp) divided into seven chapters: (1) Puritanism and Society; (2) Husband and Wife; (3) Parents and Children; (4) The Education of a Saint; (5) Masters and Servants; (6) The Family in the Social Order; and (7) Puritan Tribalism. We tend to think of...more