A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony (John Demos)

If you’re familiar with major works on 17th-century New England history, Edmund Morgan’s The Puritan Family looms rather large.  A Little Commonwealth is very much like that book – only a few decades later and using a bit different approach to the data. Demos tries to be self-consciously “quantitative” in A Little Commonwealth – i.e., … Continue reading A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony (John Demos)

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Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt (Christine Leigh Heyrman)

I got this book several years ago. At the time I thought it sounded fascinating (and it is), but for whatever reason I never got around to it till now. But I’m actually glad I waited. Southern Cross makes so much more impact, and is so much more timely, in today’s post-Trump evangelical landscape. It’s … Continue reading Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt (Christine Leigh Heyrman)