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The New England Mind: From Colony to Province Paperback – May 15, 1983


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press (May 15, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674613015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674613010
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Launius VINE VOICE on September 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
A week before I was to take my comprehensive exams for my Ph.D. in history, my advisor asked me to name the three great historians of colonial American whose names began with "M." I sputtered for moment and made no serious answer, in part because of the trivial nature of the question, but he wanted me to say Edmund S. Morgan, Samuel Elliot Morison, and Perry Miller. No question about it, Perry Miller (1905-1963) was one of the most important of the consensus historians of the middle part of the twentieth century and his work on the American Puritans was required reading for all students of history when I attended graduate school in the late 1970s and early 1980s. "The New England Mind: From Colony to Province" (1953) was one of his masterworks, exploring the intellectual history of the Puritans through a deep investigation of the thought of the Puritan divines. In this book, as well as its predecessor "The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century" (New York: Macmillan Company, 1939), Miller asserted a single intellectual history for America that could be traced to the Puritan belief system.

Miller also described a terrifying "declension" experienced by the Puritans which, he asserted, resulted from the "apostasy, ingratitude, and corruption" of their too well off children who did not understand the struggles of their forefathers and did not appreciate their sacrifices in bringing them to a new land of plenty where they might live their lives in the spirit of a covenant with God (p. 482). The demise of the intellectual position of the early Puritans disturbed Miller, who searched for order among the thought of its best minds. Instead, he found a terrifying dissension that rejected that earlier consensus.
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This is one of the most important works of American history ever produced. If you want to understand how we got where we are, you must read this account of where we started.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Loren C. Gruber on November 22, 2009
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A classic examination of the early American intellectual life. All serious students and scholars of American literature and history must read this book.
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