Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England

This book tells an extraordinary story of the people of early New England and their spiritual lives It is about ordinary people farmers housewives artisans merchants sailors aspiring scholars struggling to make sense of their time and place on earth David Hall describes a world of religious consensus and resistance a variety of conflicting beliefs and believers ranging from the committed core to outright dissenters He reveals for the first time the many layered complexity of colonial religious life and the importance within it of traditions derived from those of the Old World We see a religion of the laity that was to merge with the tide of democratic nationalism in the nineteenth century and that remains with us today as the essence of Protestant America


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

A revelatory account of the aspirations and accomplishments of the people who founded the New England colonies comparing the reforms they enacted with those attempted in England during the period of the English Revolution br br Distinguished historian David D Hall looks afresh at how the colonists set up churches civil governments and methods for distributing land Bringing with them a deep fear of arbitrary unlimited authority grounded in either church or state these settlers based their churches on the participation of laypeople and insisted on consent as a premise of all civil governance Encouraging broad participation and relying on the vigorous use of petitioning they also transformed civil and criminal law and the workings of courts The outcome was a civil society far less authoritarian and hierarchical than was customary in their age indeed a society so advanced that a few dared to describe it as democratical They were well ahead of their time in doing so br br As Puritans the colonists also hoped to exemplify a social ethics of equity peace and the common good In a case study of a single town Hall follows a minister as he encourages the townspeople to live up to these high standards in their politics This is a book that challenges us to discard long standing stereotypes of the Puritans as temperamentally authoritarian and their leadership as despotic Hall demonstrates exactly the opposite Here we watch the colonists as they insist on aligning institutions and social practice with equity and liberty br br A stunning re evaluation of the earliest moments of New England s history revealing the colonists to be the most effective and daring reformers of their day


Puritans in the New World: A Critical Anthology

i Puritans in the New World i tells the story of the powerful yet turbulent culture of the English people who embarked on an errand into the wilderness It presents the Puritans in their own words shedding light on the lives both of great dissenters such as Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson and of the orthodox leaders who contended against them Classics of Puritan expression like Mary Rowlandson s captivity narrative Anne Bradstreet s poetry and William Bradford s i Of Plymouth Plantation i appear alongside texts that are less well known but no less important confessions of religious experience by lay people the diabolical possession of a young woman and the testimony of Native Americans who accept Christianity Hall s chapter introductions provide a running history of Puritanism in seventeenth century New England and alert readers to important scholarship br br Above all this is a collection of texts that vividly illuminates the experience of being a Puritan in the New World The book will be welcomed by all those who are interested in early American literature religion and history


Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England: A Documentary History, 1638-1693

This documentary collection details the history of witch hunting in th century New England beginning in through the Salem witch trials and the Stamford Fairfield Connecticut witch hunt Hall American religious history Harvard Divinity School provides an introduction to the his


The Antinomian Controversy, 1636-1638: A Documentary History

The Antinomian controversy a seventeenth century theological crisis concerning salvation was the first great intellectual crisis in the settlement of New England Transcending the theological questions from which it arose this symbolic controversy became a conflict between power and freedom of conscience David D Hall s thorough documentary history of this episode sheds important light on religion society and gender in early American history br This new edition of the volume published now for the first time in paperback includes an expanding bibliography and a new preface treating in more detail the prime figures of Anne Hutchinson and her chief clerical supporter John Cotton Among the documents gathered here are transcripts of Anne Hutchinson s trial several of Cotton s writings defending the Antinomian position and John Winthrop s account of the controversy Hall s increased focus on Hutchinson reveals the harshness and excesses with which the New England ministry tried to discredit her and reaffirms her place of prime importance in the history of American women


Lived Religion in America: Toward a History of Practice

A fascinating collection that graphically demonstrates how participants become subtle theologians of lived religion in America from Ojibway hymn singing to rustic homesteading and the Women s Aglow movement John Butler Yale UniversityAt once historically and theoretically informed these essays invite the reader to think of religion dynamically reconsidering American religious history in terms of practices that are linked to specific social contexts The point of departure is the concept of lived religion Discussing such topics as gift exchange cremation hymn singing and women s spirituality a group of leading sociologists and historians of religion explore the many facets of how people carry out their religious beliefs on a daily basis As David Hall notes in his introduction a history of practices encompasses the tensions the ongoing struggle of definition that are constituted within every religious tradition and that are always present in how people choose to act Practice thus suggests that any synthesis is provisional The volume opens with two essays by Robert Orsi and Dani


Cultures of Print

How did people in early America understand the authority of print and how was this authority sustained and contested These questions are at the heart of this set of pathbreaking essays in the history of the book by one of America s leading practitioners in this interdisciplinary field br br David D Hall examines the interchange between popular and learned cultures and the practices of reading and writing His writings deal with change and continuity exploring the possibility of a reading revolution and arguing for the long duration of a Protestant vernacular tradition A newly written essay on book culture in the early Chesapeake describes a system of scribal publication The pieces reflect Hall s belief that the better we understand the production and consumption of books the closer we come to a social history of culture


The Faithful Shepherd: A History of the New England Ministry in the Seventeenth Century

Not only sustains a bold thesis about Americanization but also affords the reader one of the freshest and most comprehensive histories of the seventh century New England mind and society


A History of the Book in America (Five-Volume Set)

Volume The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World carries the interrelated stories of publishing writing and reading from the beginning of the colonial period in America up to Three major themes run through the volume the persisting connections between the book trade in the Old World and the New evidenced in modes of intellectual and cultural exchange and the dominance of imported chiefly English books the gradual emergence of a competitive book trade in which newspapers were the largest form of production and the institution of a culture of the Word organized around an essentially theological understanding of print authorship and reading complemented by other frameworks of meaning that included the culture of republicanism


Ways of Writing: The Practice and Politics of Text-Making in Seventeenth-Century New England

Writers abounded in seventeenth century New England From the moment of colonization and constantly thereafter hundreds of people set pen to paper in the course of their lives some to write letters that others recopied some to compose sermons as part of their life work as ministers dozens to attempt verse and many more to narrate a remarkable experience provide written testimony to a civil court participate in a controversy or keep some sort of records and of these everyday forms of writing there was no limit Every colonial writer knew of two different modes of publication each with its distinctive benefits and limitations One was to entrust a manuscript to a printer who would set type and impose it on sheets of paper that were bound up into a book The other was to make handwritten copies or have others make copies possibly unauthorized Among the colonists the terms publishing and book referred to both of these technologies Ways of Writing is about the making of texts in the seventeenth century whether they were fashioned into printed books or circulated in handwritten form The latter mode of publishing was remarkably common yet it is much less understood or acknowledged than transmission in print Indeed certain writers including famous ones such as John Winthrop and William Bradford employed scribal publication almost exclusively the Antimonian controversy of was carried out by this means until manuscripts relating to the struggle began to be printed in England Examining printed texts as well as those that were handwritten David D Hall explores the practices associated with anonymity dedications prefaces errata and the like He also surveys the meaning of authority and authenticity demonstrating how so many texts were prepared by intermediaries not by authors thus contributing to the history of social or collaborative authorship Finally he considers the political contexts that affected the transmission and publication of many texts revealing that a space for dissent and criticism was already present in the colonies by the s a space exploited mainly by scribally published texts