This Revised And Updated Edition Of An Out Of Print Classic Once Again Makes The Broad Background Of Puritanism Accessible To Students And General Readers Based On A Chronology That Begins With The Act Of Supremacy In 1534 And Ends With Jonathan Edwards S Death In 1758, Francis J Bremer S Interpretive Synthesis Of The Causes And Contexts Of The Puritan Movement Integrates Analyses Of The Religious, Political, Sociological, Economic, And Cultural Changes Wrought By The Movement In Both Old And New England From Meeting House Architecture To Salem Witch Trials, From Relations With Native Americans To The Founding Of The Nation S First Colleges, He Details With Style And Grace A Living System Of Faith That Not Only Had Profound Significance For Tens Of Thousands Of Englishmen And Americans In The Sixteenth And Seventeenth Centuries, But Also Affected The Course Of History In The New World. Francis J Bremer s The Puritan Experiment is a great overview of the history of Puritan New England It starts by tracking the foundations of the Puritan movement in England to the establishment of the first New England colonies and concludes only shortly before the time of the American Revolution What I particularly found interesting in Bremer s work is his focus not just on the New England colonies themselves, but also in there interaction with England, their home country This helps you understand their origins, the differences between the Pilgrims and the Puritans, and how these roots and later events led to a lot of conflict and friction between the New England Colonies and England, particularly the English Monarchy The chain of events made me think that it was no surprise that so much of the force behind the American Revolution came from within New England This was something in the background for a long time prior.I also enjoyed his presentation of the Puritans He does a good job as presenting them as human, at least as best one can do in such a work I think that the popular opinion of Puritans is rather negative, at least I know that tends to be my own view of them, but Bremer doesn t seek to make them heroes or villains He tries to clear up certain misunderstandings people have of Puritans, but is quite open about their flaws He also shows them as not just a religious people That was a guiding force, but there was also political powe
Really enjoyed this overview of Puritan life in New England I am reading about what influences lead to the American Revolution and this book was very helpful in outlining the Puritans beliefs, and how they established their government and society A historical classic A wonderful survey of Puritan history, life and thought In brief chapters he gets across a great amount of detail and while it ends a little abruptly with the Great Awakening and the Enlightenment in the 18th c., it does make a few connections all the way to the American Revolution Bremer treats the religious, intellectual, and devotional aspects of Puritan life with a good depth, as well as handling social, cultural, and political history I appreciate his characterizations of Anne Hutchison not an advocate of religious freedom, but an arch zealot and Roger Williams The bibliography at the end is excellent though already dated of the writing of books about the Puritans there is no end and the page numbers in the index were off Though rarely given credit for it, the Puritans were less rigorous than many governments of their time in that they did not search out the secret thoughts of men but contented themselves with taking actions against public expressions of heresy Individuals such as Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson were not banished for ideas they wished to harbor in private, but for proselytization of those errors There was no toleration for those who publicly dissented from the New England
Not always the most thrilling read, Bremer s Experiment will give you a thorough foundation in Puritan Studies with lots of suggestions for further reading A must read for anyone studying early American literature. The Puritan Experiment is a must read to anyone interested in Puritan history. An excellent overview of Puritan New England, with a useful chronology and extensive bibliography My go to reference on the period. Great overview of early New England history.
- 283 pages
- The Puritan Experiment: New England Society from Bradford to Edwards (Library of New England)
- Francis J. Bremer
- 04 June 2017 Francis J. Bremer