Puritans At Play: Leisure and Recreation in Colonial New England

Paperback | August 15, 1996

byBruce C. Daniels

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For over four centuries "puritan" has been a synonym for "dour, " "joyless, " and "repressed." In the 1930s however, historians began to reappraise the accuracy of this grim portrait. Bruce C. Daniels continues that reappraisal by examining leisure and recreation in colonial and revolutionary New England. He looks closely not only at what New Englanders did from 1620 to 1790, but also at what they said about play, pleasure, and relaxation, thereby placing their deeds and words in the context of an evolving and complex social structure. Daniels's descriptions of leisure and recreational activities do justice to both the intellectual richness of the historical material and to its inherent charm. Chapters on reading, music, civic celebrations, dinner parties, dancing, courtship, sex, alcohol, taverns, sports and games are presented in a lively style designed to make this book as entertaining as it is illuminating.

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This cultural history of colonial New England will forever change the way readers think about America's early "Puritans". Daniels reappraises the accuracy of this grim portrait by examining leisure and recreational actitives, including music, dinner parties, sex, alcohol, taverns, and sports

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For over four centuries "puritan" has been a synonym for "dour, " "joyless, " and "repressed." In the 1930s however, historians began to reappraise the accuracy of this grim portrait. Bruce C. Daniels continues that reappraisal by examining leisure and recreation in colonial and revolutionary New England. He looks closely not only at w...

Bruce C. Daniels is Professor of Hisotry at Texas Tec University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.26 × 5.52 × 0.72 inPublished:August 15, 1996Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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ISBN - 10:0312161247

ISBN - 13:9780312161248

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This cultural history of colonial New England will forever change the way readers think about America's early "Puritans". Daniels reappraises the accuracy of this grim portrait by examining leisure and recreational actitives, including music, dinner parties, sex, alcohol, taverns, and sports