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The Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts

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A radical new interpretation of the political and intellectual history of Puritan Massachusetts, The Making of an American Thinking Class envisions the Bay colony as a seventeenth century one-party state, where congregations served as ideological 'cells' and authority was restricted to an educated elite of ministers and magistrates. From there Staloff offers a broadened co ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 25th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1997)
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The synopsis covers the main thesis of the book well so there's no need to repeat it. This book is truly an impressive effort of both scholarly research and creativity. Few subjects in early America have been mined as deeply in the last 75 years or so as Puritanism and Puritan New England. Many of the field's luminaries such as Perry Miller and Edmund Morgan have tackled all facets of Puritan life from theology to family life. Nevertheless, through an excitingly creative reinterpretation of the ...more
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