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A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England

David D. Hall

Abstract

This revelatory account of the people who founded the New England colonies compares the reforms they enacted with those attempted in England during the period of the English Revolution. Bringing with them a deep fear of arbitrary, unlimited authority, these settlers based their churches on the participation of laypeople and insisted on “consent” as a premise of all civil governance. Puritans also transformed civil and criminal law and the workings of the courts with the intention of establishing equity. This political and social history of the five New England colonies provides a reevaluation ... More

Keywords: New England colonies, reforms, English Revolution, unlimited authority, settlers, churches, laypeople, civil governance, Puritans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807873113
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807837115_hall

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David D. Hall, author