Prodigals and Pilgrims: The American Revolution Against Patriarchal Authority 1750-1800

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November 2003



The author traces a constellation of intimately related ideas - about the nature of parental authority and filial rights, of moral obligation of Scripture, of the growth of the mind and the nature of historical progress - from their most important English and continental expressions in a variety of literary and theological texts, to their transmission, reception and application in Revolutionary America and in the early national period of American culture.


Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. The Ideological Inheritance: 1. Educational theory and moral independence; 2. The transmission of ideology and the bestsellers of 1775; 3. The familial politics of the Fortunate Fall; Part II. Forms of Filial Freedom: 4. The debt of nature reconsidered; 5. Affectionate unions and the new voluntarism; 6. Filial freedom and American Protestantism; Part III. The Character of the National Family: 7. George Washington and the reconstituted family; 8. The sealing of the garden, Or the world well lost; Notes; Index.


'It is one of the few works on the American Revolutionary era that recaptures some of the sweeping force of what happened at the end of the eighteenth century.' New York Review of Books 'Professor Fliegelman always comes to grips first and last with the historical character of his data. The result is a book that will be useful to many and for years to come.' The Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780521317269
ISBN: 0521317266
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Paperback Library'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2003
Seitenanzahl: 340 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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