From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765

Title

From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765

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Description

The years from 1690 to 1765 in America have usually been considered a waiting period before the Revolution. Mr. Bushman, in his penetrating study of colonial Connecticut, takes another view. He shows how, during these years, economic ambition and religious ferment profoundly altered the structure of Puritan society, enlarging the bounds of liberty and inspiring resistance to established authority. This is an investigation of the strains that accompanied the growth of liberty in an authoritarian society. Mr. Bushman traces the deterioration of Puritan social institutions and the consequences for human character. He does this by focusing on day-to-day life in Connecticut--on the farms, in the churches, and in the town meetings. Controversies within the towns over property, money, and church discipline shook the "land of steady habits," and the mounting frustration of common needs compelled those in authority, in contradiction to Puritan assumptions, to become more responsive to popular demands.

ISBN

9780674325517

Publication Date

5-1980

Publisher

Harvard University Press

City

Cambridge

Keywords

American Revolution, Connecticut, history

Disciplines

History | United States History