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Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Based on the biographies of some three hundred people in each city, this book shows how such distinguished Boston families as the Adamses, Cabots, Lowells, and Peabodys have produced many generations of men and women who have made major contributions to the intellectual, educational, and political life of their state and nation. At the same time, comparable Philadelphia fa ...more
Paperback, 585 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Transaction Publishers (first published 1980)
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Fred R
Oct 06, 2013 Fred R rated it it was amazing
In "The Protestant Establishment," Baltzell praised the 60's upheaval for opening up the insular WASP upper-class to deserving Jews, Irish, and Blacks. He believed this loosening of caste structure would lead to more honest and effective government, staving off decline of the kind anatomized in de Tocqueville's "The Old Regime and the Revolution." A few decades later, he was shocked to discover that what was actually accomplished by the counter-culture revolution was the creation of a plutocrati ...more
Philip
Aug 05, 2008 Philip rated it liked it
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You can not fault the man for thoroughness, though I did fault several of his ideas quite harshly, at times.

Bonus points for giving me the quote:
"It is one of the anomalies of history that when the Puritan hanged the Quaker, both were happy." - Mark Sullivan, Atlantic Monthly, 1901
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