Streaming video from Films On Demand: Much of what is known about the pilgrims comes from the writings of William Bradford. In 1607, the official state religion is the Church of England. It represented a break from the "old" Church ruled by the Pope.
"In a certain barren corner of New England, on a bleak November day of the year 1620, a little weather-beaten ship gently rose and fell on the long ground swell that swept on past her to the shores beyond..."
Each of William Bradford's two histories, 'Of Plymouth Plantation,' (1630 and 1646-50), present fundamentally different, paradigmatic responses to the American experience. By attending to chronology and the changes in the manner and patterns of their presentation, the reader examines the different impulses behind, purposes, and concerns of each history. Each volume reflects the changing status of the Puritans' culture and the stability of their group. In the second, Bradford laments the shift from group consolidation to separation; from the ideal to reality. Primary and secondary sources; 26 notes.
John Winthrop (1588-1649) was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and is generally considered the principal architect of early New England society. The details of this brief biography is drawn from the author's larger, prize-winning study, John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father (Oxford University Press, 2003), though modified in minor ways by his ongoing research. To render it more accessible to an undergraduate audience, Bremer avoids in-depth discussion of theology and other specialized topics and focus instead on trying to provide students with an appreciation of how Winthrop's world differed from theirs, but how at the same time he dealt with issues that continue to resonate in our own society.
Inventive in its approach and provocative in its analysis, this study offers fresh readings of the arguments and practices of four seventeenth-century Euro-American women: Anne Bradstreet, Anne Hutchinson, Sor Juana In#65533;s de la Cruz, and Marie de l'Incarnation. Tamara Harvey here compares functionalist treatments of the body by these women, offering a new way to think of corporeality as a device in literary and religious expressions of modesty by women. In doing so, Harvey explores the engagement of these women in ongoing religious, political, scientific and social debates that would have been understood by the authors' contemporaries in both Europe and America.
An essay is presented on the function of labor and foodways in King Philip's War as depicted in the captivity narrative "The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson and Related Documents," by Mary Rowlandson. Topics include food as a means for communication between colonists and Native Americans, foodstuffs in military strategy, and the captivity of Rowlandson.
Herrmann, Rachel B. "Their Filthy Trash": Taste, Eating, and Work in Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative." Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, vol. 12, no. 1/2, May 2015, pp. 45-70.
Cotton Mather (1663-1728) was America's most famous pastor and scholar at the beginning of the eighteenth century. People today generally associate him with the infamous Salem witch trials, but that picture has mostly come down to us from one unreliable, antagonistic source.This biography by Rick Kennedy, based largely on new research by an international team of scholars, corrects misconceptions of Cotton Mather and focuses on the way he tried to promote, socially and intellectually, a biblical lifestyle. As older Puritan hopes in New England were giving way to a broader and shallower Protestantism, Mather led a populist, Bible-oriented movement that embraced the new century -- the beginning of a dynamic evangelical tradition that eventually became a major force in American culture.