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“A meticulous and remarkably detailed account of the early government and social organization of the town of Sudbury, Massachusetts . . . The people and the events can be absorbing” —Time


“Puritan Village is a model study of its kind.”—Malcolm Freiberg, The American Historical Review

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5 1/2 x 8 trim. 7 illus. 6 figs. 10 maps. LC 63-8862
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  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; 1st edition (December 15, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819560146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819560148
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full disclosure: None of my relatives here, no connection in my ancestry to the towns mentioned. I am a historical genealogist researching the social, cultural, economic and political history of New England, so that I have a context to help me understand the lives of the people and families of the era I am working on. This book does a beautiful job of comparing villages in New England with their counterparts in England, and the dynamics at work. Many of the people mentioned lived in these specific villages on both sides of the Atlantic, and it is interesting to see how they adapted the emerging social consciousness of 17th century England to the different conditions of New England, where people of many backgrounds were forging new institutions and customs. Well done, with direct comparisons to illustrate how the changes manifested in the American villages. I found it an illuminating window into the development of early New England culture.
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The time-span of this history is not as broad as I anticipated. From the title, I judged this would be a history of the town of Sudbury from its founding in the 17th century as a Puritan settlement through its transformation into the more prototypical New England town in the 18th and 19th centuries. The error of this assumption is the crux of Powell's argument. This history is confined to the 1600s, meticulously documenting the formation of the town of Sudbury, Massachusetts from its roots in England. Powell finds that the essence of the New England town - which he defines as "a respect for the orderly processes of law, an alertness to social justice, and desire to improve society by forming, ever and again, [and] self-governing .." (138) - in the 1600s inland settlement of towns such as Sudbury. An element of 1960s concern for American social order underwrites this text, as revealed in Powell's closing admonishment to not forsake "our New England heritage."
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This was exactly what I was hoping to find between covers. I now have information about my first American ancestors I did not have before. I am enjoying the book, even though it is a bit of a puzzle to read.
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A very thoroughly researched history of the Puritan Town of Sudbury, founded by my grandfather Brian Pendleton and two other gentlemen in 1637.
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By John on October 16, 2014
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Book arrived in fair condition. The spine was broken in the middle of the book, but otherwise ok.
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