Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town by Sumner Chilton PowellPuritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town by Sumner Chilton Powell

Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town

bySumner Chilton Powell


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An award-winning study of Puritans and the formation of their towns.
SUMNER CHILTON POWELL is a 1946 graduate of Amherst and received a doctorate from Harvard ten years later. A teacher of history on the secondary level (Choate, Bernard School for Boys), he has done much experimental work in tape teaching. This book – his third, but his first for an adult audience – was the culmination of ten years’ det...
Title:Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England TownFormat:PaperbackDimensions:255 pages, 8.53 × 5.54 × 0.63 inPublisher:Wesleyan University Press

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ISBN - 10:0819560146

ISBN - 13:9780819560148


Table of Contents

The Web of Open-field life
Land, Hunger, Borough Rights, and the Power to Tax
The Secrets of the Corporation of This Town of Sudbury"
“It Is Ordered by the Court”
Watertown on the Charles
“It Is Ordered and Agreed by This Town”
“All Civil Liberties As Other Towns Have”
“ We Shall Be Judged by Men of Our Own Choosing”
“Interest in This Town of Marlborough”
The Origin and Stability of a New England Town

From Our Editors

The crucial split in the town of Sadbury illustrates the grave difficulties which the early leaders and inhabitants experienced in substituting a new social structure and a new spirit for the old 'hierarchy, hold days, etc.' which they undoubtedly hoped would be absent in the New England common-wealth. One might even see the story of early Sadbury as a type of local morality play, replete with Devil, Greed, and Ambition, opposed by both Faith and Prudence.

Editorial Reviews

“Puritan Village is a model study of its kind.”—Malcolm Freiberg, The American Historical Review