The Rude Hand of Innovation: Religion and Social Order in Albany, New York 1652-1836 by David G. Hackett

The Rude Hand of Innovation: Religion and Social Order in Albany, New York 1652-1836

byDavid G. Hackett

Hardcover | March 1, 1994

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This path-breaking study analyzes the social and religious transformation of Albany, New York, from the town's colonial origins through industrialization in the early nineteenth century. Rather than see the transformation of traditional societies as a process of modernization, Hackett adopts abroader conception of religion as a cultural system and argues that culture influences social order differently in different historical periods. During most of Albany's colonial period, the Dutch townspeople absorbed British people and customs into their Calvinist way of life. Following theRevolution, large scale immigration, urbanization, and the initial spurt of an industrial economy transformed Albany into a bustling commercial center. At the same time new political and religious ideologies that disagreed among themselves yet together advocated economic growth, democracy,education, and individual rights, challenged and finally replaced Calvinism. Drawing on the resources of sociology, social history, and religion, this study illuminates not only the social history of Albany but also presents a new interpretation of the relationship between religion and social orderin American history.

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David G. Hackett is at University of Florida, Gainesville.
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Title:The Rude Hand of Innovation: Religion and Social Order in Albany, New York 1652-1836Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.54 × 5.87 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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This painstaking study analyzes the social and religious changes of Albany, New York, from the town's colonial origins through industrialization in the early nineteenth century. Rather than see the transformation of traditional societies as a process of modernization, Hackett adopts a broader conception of religion as a culture.

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"Offers many insights on the complex and changing relationships between Calvinism and capitalism, religion and American nationalism, and evangelicalism and working-class ideology. It makes the unique history of its town interesting as it illuminates broader questions about American culture andsociety."--Religious Studies Review