Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America

Paperback | July 15, 2003

byPatricia U. Bonomi

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In this pathbreaking study, Patricia Bonomi argues that religion was as instrumental as either politics or the economy in shaping early American life and values. Looking at the middle and southern colonies as well as at Puritan New England, Bonomi finds an abundance of religious vitalitythrough the colonial years among clergy and churchgoers of diverse religious background. The book also explores the tightening relationship between religion and politics and illuminates the vital role religion played in the American Revolution. A perennial backlist title first published in 1986,this updated edition includes a new preface on research in the field on African Americans, Indians, women, the Great Awakening, and Atlantic history and how these impact her interpretations.

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In this pathbreaking study, Patricia Bonomi argues that religion was as instrumental as either politics or the economy in shaping early American life and values. Looking at the middle and southern colonies as well as at Puritan New England, Bonomi finds an abundance of religious vitalitythrough the colonial years among clergy and churc...

Patricia U. Bonomi is at New York University (Emerita).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.91 inPublished:July 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195162188

ISBN - 13:9780195162189

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"A splendid overview of the topic of religion in the colonial period. The book is gracefully and economically written, provocative yet respectful of opposing views.... Goes far toward providing a genuinely balanced account of the role of religion in the formation of the American mind."--William and Mary Quarterly