A Companion to American Cultural History by Karen Halttunen

By Karen Halttunen

A significant other to American Cultural background deals a historiographic review of the scholarship, with distinct consciousness to the main experiences and debates that experience formed the sphere, and an review of the place it's presently headed.

  • 30 essays discover the heritage of yankee tradition in any respect analytic degrees
  • Written through scholarly specialists well-versed within the questions and controversies that experience activated curiosity during this burgeoning box
  • Part of the authoritative Blackwell partners to American heritage sequence
  • Provides either a chronological and thematic technique: issues diversity from British the US within the Eighteenth Century to the fashionable day globalization of yank tradition; thematic methods comprise gender and sexuality and pop culture

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After numerous scholars challenged the assumptions behind the declension model of New England’s history, it has been largely undermined. Now, religion and economic growth are more typically seen as complementary, as in Gloria Main’s Peoples of a Spacious Land: Families and Culture in Colonial New England (2001), which explores a “family gospel” of “personal piety, family labor, and congregational independence” (p. 237). When New England town studies were at the height of their influence, scholars used their social science methods to conduct research on other colonial regions, initially contrasting them to the New England town.

Bozeman’s argument put declension in a new light, since all churches were said to have declined not from those first founded in the colonies but from a millennia-old biblical ideal. More recently, Kristina Bross (2004) has seen the drive to convert the Indians as part of the revision of the New England mission. If the colonists dedicated themselves to Christianizing the Indians, they had a colonial project worthy of their aspirations, not to mention one that could impress an English audience. Many subsequent works have taken up the question of the meanings ascribed to New England or, more broadly, to America.

Before the Melting Pot: Society and Culture in Colonial New York City, 1664–1730 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992). Gragg, Larry: Englishmen Transplanted: The English Colonization of Barbados, 1627–1660 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003). : Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988). Greven, Philip: Four Generations: Population, Land, and Family in Colonial Andover, Massachusetts (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1970).

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