The Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts

Paperback | October 25, 2001

byDarren Staloff

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A radical new interpretation of the political and intellectual history of Puritan Massachusetts, The Making of an American Thinking Class envisions the Bay colony as a seventeenth century one-party state, where congregations served as ideological 'cells' and authority was restricted to aneducated elite of ministers and magistrates. From there Staloff offers a broadened conception of the interstices of political, social, and intellectual authority in Puritan Massachusetts and beyond, arguing that ideologies, as well as ideological politics, are produced by self-conscious, and oftenclass-conscious, thinkers.

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A radical new interpretation of the political and intellectual history of Puritan Massachusetts, The Making of an American Thinking Class envisions the Bay colony as a seventeenth century one-party state, where congregations served as ideological 'cells' and authority was restricted to aneducated elite of ministers and magistrates. Fr...

Darren Staloff is Assistant Professor of History at City College of New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.39 × 0.79 inPublished:October 25, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195149823

ISBN - 13:9780195149821

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPrologue: The Struggle for the Company1. The Creation of the New England Way: Cultural Authority and the Puritan Thinking Class2. John Cotton, Roger Williams, and the Problem of Charisma3. John Cotton and the Dialectic of Antinomian Dissent4. Antinomianism Defeated5. Ordering the One-Party Regime6. Establishing Orthodoxy7. rom the Cambridge Platform to the Half-Way Covenant8. The Restoration and the Politics of Declension9. Increase Mather and the Decline of Cultural DominationAppendix A: Key TermsAppendix B: Toward a Postrevisionist Interpretation of Puritanism: Religion, Society, and PoliticsNotesIndex

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"Every chapter provides detailed analyses of threats to the balance of power . . . Staloff is at his best when he provides 'close readings' of this complex process of contentious consensus . . . genuinely impressive erudition in the early history of New England."--W. Clark Gilpin, Journal ofthe American Academy of Religion