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New England's Crises and Cultural Memory : Literature, Politics, History, Religion, 1620-1860 - John McWilliams

New England's Crises and Cultural Memory

Literature, Politics, History, Religion, 1620-1860

By: John McWilliams, Albert Gelpi (Adapted By), Ross Posnock (Adapted By)


Published: 6th September 2004
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John McWilliams' book is an ambitious attempt to review New England history and literature from the Puritans through the Revolutionary period to the antebellum era. McWilliams demonstrates how successive narratives of crises, real or imagined, reflected historical realities which proved adaptable to later settlers. Offering an all-encompassing narrative of one crucial region in the American literary and historical experience, he brings to light new contexts for understanding crucial events in early American literature and history.

"This readable and valuable book will delight those interested in American cultural history. Highly recommended." CHOICE May 2005 "John McWilliams has written a remarkably erudite and wide-ranging study of New Englanders' self-perceptions and their transformations over time, from the early seventeenth century to the later nineteenth, even including some fascinating apercus of the past by more recent writers like Robert Lowell and Arthur Miller." American Historical Review Michael Kammen, Cornell University

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Crisis rheoric: exclusion in New England historyp. 1
Plantation and Settlementp. 21
Of corn, no corn, and Christian couragep. 23
Thomas Morton: phoenix of New England memoryp. 44
Trying Annep. 74
Time of Troublesp. 101
Headnotep. 103
A cloud of blood: King Philip's Warp. 106
The axe at the root of the tree: Scarlet Governors and Gray Championsp. 134
Race, war, and white magic: the neglected legacy of Salemp. 161
Revolutionp. 187
Headnotep. 189
Boston revolt and Puritan restoration: 1760-1775p. 193
Shots heard round the worldp. 227
Abolition, "white slavery," and regional pridep. 258
Epilogue: "bodiless echoes"p. 293
Notesp. 309
Indexp. 362
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ISBN: 9780521826839
ISBN-10: 0521826837
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 6th September 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.73