The Long Argument: English Puritanism and the Shaping of New England Culture, 1570-1700

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UNC Press Books, 1991 - 395 pages
In this wide-ranging study Stephen Foster explores Puritanism in England and America from its roots in the Elizabethan era to the end of the seventeenth century. Focusing on Puritanism as a cultural and political phenomenon as well as a religious movement

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The Elizabethan Contribution The Celebration of Order 15701610
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Continuity and Ambiguity The Gospel Doing 15901630
65
From Engagement to Flight The Failure of Politics 16101630
108
From Exodus to Revelation The Move toward Sectarianism in England and America 16301650
138
Reconstruction and Conflict The Halfway Covenant and Declension Controversies 16501680
175
Israels Fate The Definition of Establishment in Puritan America 16811700
231
The Long Argument and Its Ending
286
Editions and Pressruns before the Civil War
315
Notes
319
Index
377
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Stephen Foster, Presidential Research Professor of history at Northern Illinois University, is author of Their Solitary Way: The Puritan Social Ethic in the First Century of Settlement in New England and Notes from the Caroline Underground: Alexander Leighton, the Puritan Triumvirate, and the Laudian Reaction to Nonconformity.

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