Under the Cope of Heaven

Under the Cope of Heaven : Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America

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In this pathbreaking study, Patricial Bonomi argues that religion was as instrumental as either politics or the economy in shaping early American life and values. Looking at the middle and southern colonies as well as at Puritan New England, Bonomi finds an abundance of religious vitality through the colonial years among clergy and churchgoers of diverse religious backgrounds. The book also explores the tightening relationship between religion and politics and illuminates the vital role religion played in the American Revolution. A perennial backlist title first published in 1986, this updated edition includes a new preface on research in the field on African Americans, Indians, women, and the Great Awakening, and Atlantic history and how these impact her interpretations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.8 x 27.9mm | 408.24g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Updated Edition
  • 019516217X
  • 9780195162172

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A splendid overview of the topic of religion in the colonial period. The book is gracefully and economically written, provocative yet respectful of opposing views.... Goes far toward providing a genuinely balanced account of the role of religion in the formation of the American mind. * William and Mary Quarterly *
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About Patricia U. Bonomi

Patricia U. Bonomi is Professor of History emeritus, New York University.
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