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Race and Redemption in Puritan New England

As colonists made their way to New England in the early seventeenth century, they hoped their efforts would stand as a "citty upon a hill." Living the godly life preached by John Winthrop would have proved difficult even had these puritans inhabited the colonies alone, but this was not the case: this new landscape included colonists from Europe, indigenous Americans, and enslaved Africans. In Race and Redemption in Puritan New England, Richard A. Bailey investigates the ways that colonial New Englanders used, constructed, and re-constructed their puritanism to make sense of their new realities. As they did so, they created more than a tenuous existence together. They also constructed race out of the spiritual freedom of puritanism.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: "Neither Bond Nor Free": New Englanders, Race, and Redemption ; 1 Laying the Foundation for "a Citty upon a Hill": Faith, Works, Covenant, and Colonialism ; 2 When Image Unmakes the Man: The Consequences of Thinking about the Colors and Capabilities of "Others" ; 3 "I am come into the light: Confessions of Faith, Sermons, and Ventriloquism ; 4 "We are not to make Asses of our Servants": Exercising Authority over New Englanders of Color ; 5 "The art of coyning Christians": Redeeming Self and "Others" in Puritan New England ; Epilogue: The Happy Day Refuses to Come

About the Author

Richard A. Bailey holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky. He is Associate Professor of History at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.


Fascinating. ... I recommend it most highly to anyone interested in Edwards, Edwards' world, and its socio-cultural legacies. * Douglas A. Sweeney, Director, Jonathan Edwards Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School * An important contribution to our understanding of the intersections of race and religion in colonial New England. ... A well-researched book that illuminates aspects of the Puritan experience that have not received significant attention before this. ... Essential reading for specialists in Puritanism. * H-Net * Provocative...Readers will find in Race and Redemption much to ponder in the tragic history of race in early America. * Themelios * A stimulating read...Bailey's first book is ambitious and shows a scholar sensitive to irony, contradiction, despair, and hope. I look forward to the next one. * Journal of American Ethnic History * Beautifully researched and engagingly written, Speaking American breaks new ground in showing, city by city, the complex human forces that have given American English its individual character and vitality. It will become required reading for anyone interested in the history of English. * David Crystal, author of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language and Words in Time and Place *

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