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Invisible Masters: Gender, Race, and the Economy of Service in Early New England
by Elisabeth Ceppi
Dartmouth College Press, 2018
Cloth: 978-1-5126-0295-1 | Paper: 978-1-5126-0296-8 | eISBN: 978-1-5126-0297-5
Library of Congress Classification E446.C47 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.3620974

Invisible Masters rewrites the familiar narrative of the relation between Puritan religious culture and New England’s economic culture as a history of the primary discourse that connected them: service. The understanding early Puritans had of themselves as God’s servants and earthly masters was shaped by their immersion in an Atlantic culture of service and the worldly pressures and opportunities generated by New England’s particular place in it. Concepts of spiritual service and mastery determined Puritan views of the men, women, and children who were servants and slaves in that world. So, too, did these concepts shape the experience of family, labor, law, and economy for those men, women, and children—the very bedrock of their lives. This strikingly original look at Puritan culture will appeal to a wide range of Americanists and historians.
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