By Karen Halttunen
A spouse to American Cultural heritage deals a historiographic evaluation of the scholarship, with specified realization to the foremost experiences and debates that experience formed the sector, and an review of the place it's presently headed.
- 30 essays discover the background of yankee tradition in any respect analytic degrees
- Written by way 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 process: subject matters diversity from British the USA within the Eighteenth Century to the trendy day globalization of yank tradition; thematic ways comprise gender and sexuality and pop culture
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While most scholars would still feel comfortable asserting that religion played a more important role in New England than elsewhere, there is no denying that we know more about religion (as about many other things) for that region due to the vagaries of record survival. Unsurprisingly, the one town study to minimize the role of religion (Innes 1983) dealt with Springﬁeld, an unusual New England locale for which no church records are extant. In general, New England looms large in our understanding of the seventeenth century because it is by far the most heavily documented colonial region for that century.
Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988). Greven, Philip: Four Generations: Population, Land, and Family in Colonial Andover, Massachusetts (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1970). : Wesleyan University Press, 1984). : Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989). : The Last American Puritan: The Life of Increase Mather, 1639–1723 (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1988).
David Konig (1979) tackled the problem from another angle, noting the existence of other avenues for the creation of community harmony outside the local church. His legal history revealed that seventeenth-century New Englanders relied heavily on litigation to settle disputes, making law and legal institutions neither a sign of declension nor of increased concern for material acquisitiveness but rather basic to the creation of a stable society. After numerous scholars challenged the assumptions behind the declension model of New England’s history, it has been largely undermined.
A Companion to American Cultural History by Karen Halttunen