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Puritans at play : leisure and recreation in colonial New England

Author: Bruce Colin Daniels
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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For over four centuries "puritan" has been a synonym for "dour," "joyless," and "repressed." In the 1930s however, historians began to reappraise the accuracy of this grim portrait. Bruce C. Daniels continues that reappraisal by examining leisure and recreation in colonial and revolutionary New England. He looks closely not only at what New Englanders did from 1620 to 1790, but also at what they said about play,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Colin Daniels
ISBN: 0312125003 9780312125004
OCLC Number: 31377025
Description: xiv, 271 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: Puritanism, play, and American culture --
SECTION ONE: DID PURITANS LIKE FUN? : Sober mirth and pleasant poisons: historians, Puritan ambivalence, and the concept of pleasure in early New England --
SECTION TWO: INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT: Quiet times: reading for pleasure and profit --
Music and theater struggle for legitimacy --
SECTION THREE: GATHERING TOGETHER: Congregational socializing: gathering together at the meetinghouse --
Civic socializing: parties for the common good --
SECTION FOUR: MEN AND WOMEN FROLIC TOGETHER: Frolics for fun: dances, weddings, and dinner parties --
The progress of romance: sex and courtship --
Drinking and socializing: alcohol, taverns, and alehouse culture --
SECTION FIVE; SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES AND BARRIERS: Men frolic by themselves: sport and games in a male culture --
The fragmentation of social experience: age, gender, location, and social class --
SECTION SIX; PURITANS, REVOLUTIONARIES, AND AMERICANS: The Puritan legacy: the national inheritance.
Responsibility: Bruce C. Daniels.
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It has changed the common but unacceptable image of the Puritans as dull, solemn, melancholy misanthropes' - Horton Davies, author of The Worship of the American Puritans For over four centuries,  Read more...

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