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Quakers and Baptists in Colonial Massachusetts

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  • Date Published: January 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511879630

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  • This book presents the history of two religious sects successfully established in seventeenth-century Massachusetts, where it was illegal to participate in any faith other than the legally established congregationalism of the Puritan founders of the colony. The author examines the Quaker meeting in Salem and the Baptist church in Boston over more than a century. The work opens with the dramatic events surrounding dissenters' efforts to gain a foothold in the colony, and goes on to locate sectarians within their families and communities, and to examine their beliefs and the changing nature of the organizations they founded and their interactions with the larger community and its leaders. The work deals with the religiosity of lay colonists, finding that men and women responded to these sects differently. It also analyzes sociological theories of sectarian evolution, the politics of dissent, and changes in beliefs and practices.

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511879630
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Abbreviations used in the footnotes
    Introduction
    Part I. Beginnings:
    1. The Quaker movement in northeastern Massachusetts
    2. A 'pretended church' in Charlestown and Boston
    Part II. Development:
    3. Sectarian communities
    4. Organizational maturation
    5. Leadership
    6. Boundaries between sectarians and others
    7. The politics of religious dissent
    Part III. Culmination:
    8. Denomination and sect, 1740–80
    Index.

  • Author

    Carla Gardina Pestana, Ohio State University

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