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A Reforming People
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In this revelatory account of the people who founded the New England colonies, historian David D. Hall compares the reforms they enacted with those attempted in England during the period of the English Revolution. Bringing with them a deep fear of arbitrary, unlimited authority, these settlers based their churches on the participation of laypeople and insisted on "consent" as a premise of all civil governance. Puritans also transformed civil and criminal law and the workings of courts with the intention of establishing equity. In this political and social history of the five New England colonies, Hall provides a masterful re-evaluation of the earliest moments of New England’s history, revealing the colonists to be the most effective and daring reformers of their day.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Quotes, Title Page, Further Reading, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. FM1-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xxi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-21
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: “Arbitrary” or “Democratical”? The Making of Colony Governments
  2. pp. 22-52
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: Land, Taxes, and Participation The Making of Town Governments
  2. pp. 53-95
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: Godly Rule Empowering the Saints
  2. pp. 96-126
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: An Equitable Society Ethics, the Law, and Authority
  2. pp. 127-158
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: “Already in Heaven”? Church and Community in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. pp. 159-190
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 191-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-255
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  1. A Note About the Author, A Note on the Type
  2. p. 257
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