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The Protestant temperament : patterns of child-rearing, religious experience, and the self in early America

Author: Philip J Greven
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1977.
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Greven, Philip J.
Protestant temperament.
New York : Knopf, 1977
(OCoLC)561438115
Online version:
Greven, Philip J.
Protestant temperament.
New York : Knopf, 1977
(OCoLC)610277340
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip J Greven
ISBN: 0394404238 9780394404233 0452005019 9780452005013
OCLC Number: 3168557
Description: xiv, 431 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I. Prologue --
A historian's past: patterns of thought and religious belief in early America --
The persistence of piety --
Temperament and the self --
Childhood, temperament, and religious experience. Part II. The Evangelicals: the self suppressed --
Authoritarian families: modes of evangelical child-rearing --
Pious parents, precious mothers --
The household --
Embryo-angels or infant friends? --
Broken wills: discipline and parental control --
Regular methods of living: external discipline in evangelical households --
Shaping our evangelical conscience: shame, guild, and inner discipline --
The vanities, pleasures, and sins of youth: the emergence of self and self-will --
Themes of evangelical temperament and piety --
Attitudes toward the body --
Broken wills and tender hearts --
Authoritarian temperaments: evangelical responses to power --
Soldiers for Christ: anger, aggression, and enemies --
Brides of Christ: femininity, masculinity, and sexuality --
The quest for purity. Part III. The moderates: self controlled --
Authoritarian families: moderate modes of child-rearing --
The household setting --
Innocent infants --
Bending the will: moderate discipline and voluntary obedience --
Love and duty: the obligations of connection --
Sober, virtuous and pious people: themes of moderate temperaments and piety --
A sense of connections --
The frailties of human nature --
Self-approbation and self-love --
Self-control and temperate self-denial --
"The liberty of the human will" --
"Habits of piety and virtue" --
The renovation of nature and the growth of grace --
The boundaries of power --
Manliness or effeminacy? --
Unbounded passions: ambition, avarice, and anger --
Diversity and order in church and community. Part IV. The genteel: the self asserted --
Affectionate families: genteel modes of child-rearing --
"Children much indulged" --
"To curb their children is to spoil their genius" --
From feminine to masculine: the emergence of a young gentlemen --
Educating young gentlemen --
To become "a notable housewife" and "mother" --
Educating young ladies --
The pleasures of genteel youth --
Themes of genteel temperaments and piety --
Unexamined selves: the outward turning of consciousness --
The self indulged --
Contented selves: pleasure and sociability --
Gentle men and gentle women: masculine and feminine --
Sensuality and sexuality --
Acceptable passions: anger, ambition, and pride --
"Religious without feeling": public piety and inner assurance. Epilogue --
The clash of temperaments: some reflections on the First American Civil War --
An American monarchy or republic? --
Mother country, father-king : perceptions of power and authority --
The nature of liberty --
Effeminate or manly? : seduction, temptation, and political paranoia --
A revolution of saints --
The republic of virtue rejected.
Responsibility: Philip Greven.

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