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The Last Puritans: Mainline Protestants and the Power of the Past

Margaret Bendroth


Congregationalists, the oldest group of American Protestants, are the heirs of New England's first founders. While they were key characters in the story of early American history, from Plymouth Rock and the founding of Harvard and Yale to the Revolutionary War, their luster and numbers have faded. But this critical history of Congregationalism over the past two centuries reveals how the denomination is essential for understanding mainline Protestantism in the making. The book chronicles how the New England Puritans, known for their moral and doctrinal rigor, came to be the antecedents of the U ... More

Keywords: Congregationalists, American protestants, New England, Revolutionary War, Congregationalism, Protestantism, piety, religious tolerance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469624006
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624006.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Bendroth, author