The Making of an American Thinking Class by Darren Staloff
Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts

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A radical new interpretation of the political and intellectual history of Puritan Massachusetts, The Making of an American Thinking Class envisions the Bay colony as a seventeenth century one-party state, where congregations served as ideological 'cells' and authority was restricted to an educated elite of ministers and magistrates. From there Staloff offers a broadened conception of the interstices of political, social, and intellectual authority in Puritan Massachusetts and beyond, arguing that ideologies, as well as ideological politics, are produced by self-conscious, and often class-conscious, thinkers.

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Published October 25, 2001 by Oxford University Press. 300 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction