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The World of John Cleaveland - Christopher M. Jedrey

The World of John Cleaveland

Paperback Published: 17th December 1981
ISBN: 9780393951998
Number Of Pages: 252

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John Cleaveland (1722-1799) was a farmer and a New Light preacher in Chebacco Parish (Mass.) in the latter half of the 18th century. His "world" was the eastern Connecticut of his youth and the Ipswich, Massachusetts, environs of his adulthood, a conservative world bounded by concerns of land and inheritance, vocation, family, and religious controversy, which was finally disrupted by revolution. In his revamped Ph.D. thesis, history lecturer Jedrey (Harvard) draws upon letters, diaries, sermons, and financial records to reconstruct the Cleaveland family history, and upon tax and probate files, vital records, and genealogies to outline the life of the town which Cleaveland, as minister, helped to guide. Thanks to zealous research, the book is full of facts: the significant (men reached "through daughters" to settle property on males of the next generation), the esoteric (Ipswich land is largely orono silt loam and muck), the banal ("sheep were raised for wool and mutton"). This fastidious description of the Cleaveland microcosm will please historians of the objective school and weary the literate. Out of old dead documents Jedrey has fashioned a new dead history of a tiny world in which no one - least of all John Cleaveland - walks about. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780393951998
ISBN-10: 0393951995
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 17th December 1981
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.28

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