"In Search of the City on a Hill challenges the widespread assumption that Americans have always used this potent metaphor to define their national identity. It demonstrates that America's 'redeemer myth' owes more to nineteenth- and twentieth-century reinventions of the Puritans than to the colonists' own conceptions of divine election."
"The essays first concentrate on Puritan covenant theology and its gradual adaptation to changing conditions in America: the decline in zeal for a "Bible commonwealth," the growth of trade and industy, and the necessity for coexisting with large masses of unchurched people. One response was the Old Deluder Satan Act establishing government schools for indoctrination of the masses."
"The 1803 capture of Harvard by the Boston Unitarians during the Jefferson administration began the process of disestablishment of orthodox Trinitarianism in Massachusetts which led to the birth of the northeastern seaboard American Establishment."
"This excellent companion book to the Silk and Blumenfeld books above is a brilliant synthesis of original research and analysis. You will never view compulsory, tax-payer provided government schooling the same after reading this volume."
"The contagion of Puritan-minded pietistic Evangelicals spread out like an imperialistic army from their New England breeding sites fostering coercive social control and rigid indoctrination masking as "reform."
"The Reign of Terror in America argues that New England Federalist and Congregationalist fears of the violence of the French Revolution and of its supposed Jacobin allies such as Southerner Thomas Jefferson led to anti-slavery, anti-Catholic, and compulsory government schooling movements in the nineteenth-century United States."
"Explores the evolution of Boston-based Massachusetts' elites from Federalism to Whiggery after the War of 1812, and their distinctive smug, self-righteous, parochial, and insular ideological response to the country outside of New England."
"Grant focuses on what Northerners thought about the South and how their beliefs created a distinct outlook: a Northern nationalism based on opposition to things Southern. Grant identifies Northern views of the South between 1830 and 1856 and examines how they developed, how they changed, and how these negative images were used by the Republican Party in its first national election campaign."
"Excellent discussion of the ethnocultural/ethnoreligious dynamic between nativist Northern post-millennial evangelical Protestants versus liturgicals (Roman Catholics and German Lutherans) that led to the Civil War. Southern Baptists were primarily salvationist-oriented and not obsessed with the coercive remolding of their bretheren by the state as were the Northern pietistic fanatics."
"Readers of this book will be doubly educated---first in the remarkable amount of information it contains, and second in its challenge to orthodoxy and consequent stimulus to thought.Â” --Don B. Fehrenbacher, Stanford University"
"By the time John Brown hung from the gallows for his crimes at HarperÂ’s Ferry, Northern abolitionists had made him a Â“holy martyrÂ” in their campaign against Southern slave owners. This Northern hatred for Southerners long predated their objections to slavery. They were convinced that New England, whose spokesmen had begun the American Revolution, should have been the leader of the new nation."
"First-rate study of strategic & tactical questions in abolitionist thought -- gradual versus immediate abolition -- Liberty Party political activism versus Garrisonian non-political nonresistance, etc."
"Chodes relates the tragic story of the rise of state-sponsored public education and what he called the "nationalizing" of the South's mostly private or religious schools. While the Massachusetts Unitarian Horace Mann is rightly called the "Father of compulsory public education in America," Jabez Curry played a similar role as "The Horace Mann of the South."
"Explores the roots of AmericaÂ’s greatest internal crisis and its tragic consequences that have reached out to this very day Â– the death of the decentralized constitutional republic and the rise of the consolidationist national empire of the warfare-welfare State."
"Raucous, profane, and thrillingly original, Thaddeus RussellÂ’s A Renegade History of the United States turns the myths of the Â‘American characterÂ’ on their heads with a rare mix of wit, scholarship, and storytelling flairÂ” (Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad Is Good for You."
"Far from a lament for a lost golden age when mainline Protestants ruled American education, The Soul of the American University offers a penetrating critique of that era, surveying the role of Protestantism in higher education from the founding of Harvard in the 1630s through the collapse of the WASP establishment in the 1960s."
"Published in 1886, Strong's Our Country spoke immediately and eloquently to Protestant America. Over a period of 30 years the book sold 175,000 copies. A postmillennial evangelical defense of Anglo-Saxon rural America against Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, socialism, mammonism, materialism, immigration, the liquor power and other dred scourges. Strong was a leader of the Social Gospel movement."
"This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel charts the diminishing fortunes of a distinguished Boston family in the early years of the 20th century. Sweeping us into the inner sanctum of Boston society, into the Beacon Hill town houses and exclusive private clubs where only the city's wealthiest and most powerful congregate, the portrait of an entire society in transition."
"Gamble reconstructs the inner world of the Social Gospel clergy, their interventionist ideology to promote a modern, activist Christianity which eventually came to see their task as world evangelization for the new creed of democracy and internationalism, the redemption of civilization itself through the agency of total war."
"The old Jeffersonian limited-state liberalism is out; the new Hamiltonian expanded-state corporatism is in, according to Harvard prophet Croly, disciple of Theodore Roosevelt and later of Benito Mussolini."
"Professor Clyde Wilson notes: "Hillary Rodham Clinton, raised a Northern Methodist in Chicago, is a museum-quality specimen of the Yankee Â— self-righteous, ruthless, and self-aggrandizing. Northern Methodism and Chicago were both, in their formative periods, hotbeds of abolitionist, high tariff Black Republicanism."