Race and Redemption in Puritan New England

Paperback | March 5, 2014

byRichard A. Bailey

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As colonists made their way to New England in the early seventeenth century, they hoped their efforts would stand as a "citty upon a hill." Living the godly life preached by John Winthrop would have proved difficult even had these puritans inhabited the colonies alone, but this was not thecase: this new landscape included colonists from Europe, indigenous Americans, and enslaved Africans. In Race and Redemption in Puritan New England, Richard A. Bailey investigates the ways that colonial New Englanders used, constructed, and re-constructed their puritanism to make sense of their new realities. As they did so, they created more than a tenuous existence together. They also constructedrace out of the spiritual freedom of puritanism.

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As colonists made their way to New England in the early seventeenth century, they hoped their efforts would stand as a "citty upon a hill." Living the godly life preached by John Winthrop would have proved difficult even had these puritans inhabited the colonies alone, but this was not thecase: this new landscape included colonists fro...

Richard A. Bailey holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky. He is Associate Professor of History at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 5, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199377820

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Introduction: "Neither Bond Nor Free": New Englanders, Race, and Redemption1. Laying the Foundation for "a Citty upon a Hill": Faith, Works, Covenant, and Colonialism2. When Image Unmakes the Man: The Consequences of Thinking about the Colors and Capabilities of "Others"3. "I am come into the light: Confessions of Faith, Sermons, and Ventriloquism4. "We are not to make Asses of our Servants": Exercising Authority over New Englanders of Color5. "The art of coyning Christians": Redeeming Self and "Others" in Puritan New EnglandEpilogue: The Happy Day Refuses to Come