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Race and Redemption in Puritan New England (Religion in America) Hardcover – April 22, 2011

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"[T]his book begins to consider the fascinating and universal question of how a people intent on distinctiveness handled mundanity."--William and Mary Quarterly 

"Many scholars will find this book important and insightful, whether they are interested in New England Puritans or the history of race...Race and Redemption in Puritan New England makes an essential contribution by revealing New England Puritan society in a new light."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History


"Beautifully researched and engagingly written, Speaking American breaks new ground in showing, city by city, the complex human forces that have given American English its individual character and vitality. It will become required reading for anyone interested in the history of English." --David Crystal, author of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language and Words in Time and Place


"[A] stimulating read...Bailey's first book is ambitious and shows a scholar sensitive to
irony, contradiction, despair, and hope. I look forward to the next one." --Journal of American Ethnic History


"Provocative...Readers will find in Race and Redemption much to ponder in the tragic history of race in early America." --Themelios


"An important contribution to our understanding of the intersections of race and religion in colonial New England. ... A well-researched book that illuminates aspects of the Puritan experience that have not received significant attention before this. ... Essential reading for specialists in Puritanism."--H-Net


"Fascinating. ... I recommend it most highly to anyone interested in Edwards, Edwards' world, and its socio-cultural legacies." --Douglas A. Sweeney, Director, Jonathan Edwards Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


"This is a well-researched book that illuminates aspects of the Puritan experience that have not received significant attention before this. In view of this, Race and Redemption in Puritan New England should be considered essential reading for specialists in Puritanism in this region. Persons with more general interests in colonial America, religion, and race relations should also find this book to be valuable." --H-Net


"[T]his book begins to consider the fascinating and universal question of how a people intent on distinctiveness handled mundanity."--William and Mary Quarterly


"Many scholars will find this book important and insightful, whether they are interested in New England Puritans or the history of race. ...Race and Redemption in Puritan New England makes an essential contribution by revealing New England Puritan society in a new light." --Journal of Interdisciplinary History


"Richard Bailey brings fresh eyes to familiar sources to argue that New England Puritans used racialized concepts earlier and more frequently than historians have supposed. The result is an account with which all historians of colonial America will need to grapple." --Erik R. Seeman, author of Death in the New World: Cross-Cultural Encounters, 1492-1800


"Richard Bailey uses the Puritans' commitment to 'do right in a world gone wrong' to explore the contradictory and sometimes hypocritical ways they sought to redeem their Errand into the Wilderness by offering redemption to Native and African peoples in their midst. He challenges us to confront the meaning of racial difference in Winthrop's 'City upon a hill,' and through that, in the nation that emerged from it." --James Sidbury, Professor of American History at the University of Texas at Austin


"Richard A. Bailey demonstrates better than anyone else has how African Americans and New England Puritans were drawn to each other religiously. For African Americans, Calvinism provided an emotional and conceptual structure that countered the pressures of racism and slavery. For white New Englanders, the promise of redemption for blacks mirrored Puritans' hope for their own salvation. Race and Redemption in Puritan New England shows how a theological common ground was established by such pressures and hopes. On this common ground-Bailey takes us right up to this moment-blacks and whites crafted the first North American abolitionism." --John Saillant, Professor of English and History, Western Michigan University


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Richard A. Bailey holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky. He is Associate Professor of History at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
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Product Details

  • Series: Religion in America
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019536659X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195366594
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,259,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David George Moore on February 8, 2014
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Moore: How did you decide to write on this particular topic?

Bailey: David, thank you for the opportunity to share this conversation about my book.

For me, Race and Redemption in Puritan New England developed from two rather personal strains. The first strain was a fascination with philosophy, theology, and religious history. Some of my interest in this regard, I think, stemmed from being reared in a pastor’s home with a constant stress placed on the significance of theology and the history of the church. This rearing was reinforced throughout my undergraduate experience, where I concentrated a bit more on philosophy and the history of ideas. Then, in my early graduate school years, I found the opportunity to transcribe one of Jonathan Edwards’s ordination sermons for an article in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. Through the wise counsel of a few friends, I was able to turn that one sermon into the occasion to transcribe and edit a collection of Jonathan Edwards’s sermons published with Gregory Wills as The Salvation of Souls (Crossway, 2002).

The second strain is a bit more circuitous perhaps. I grew up in north Alabama in the community of Tanner, which had the reputation of being a community that consisted in large part of African Americans, lower middle-class whites, and migrant workers. While I knew and heard firsthand at times what people outside of our little community said and thought about my friends and me, I can’t say that I really ever grasped any sort of bigger picture at that time. These were my classmates, my friends, my basketball teammates, and my mentors. Sure, I knew that we differed physically and ethnically. But I was generally seen as a “Tanner boy,” with all that entailed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hope C. Taylor on November 29, 2012
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This is a very well written book regarding the history of the puritans as it relates to race and redemption. It is eyeopening and sad to look into why slavery was not deemed wrong in the sight of the majority of Puritan Pastors. I would recommend people of all ethnicity to read this.
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