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For over four centuries "puritan" has been a synonym for "dour, " "joyless, " and "repressed." In the 1930s however, historians began to reappraise the accuracy of this grim portrait. Bruce C. Daniels continues that reappraisal by examining leisure and recreation in colonial and revolutionary New England. He looks closely not only at what New Englanders did from 1620 to 17For over four centuries "puritan" has been a synonym for "dour, " "joyless, " and "repressed." In the 1930s however, historians began to reappraise the accuracy of this grim portrait. Bruce C. Daniels continues that reappraisal by examining leisure and recreation in colonial and revolutionary New England. He looks closely not only at what New Englanders did from 1620 to 1790, but also at what they said about play, pleasure, and relaxation, thereby placing their deeds and words in the context of an evolving and complex social structure. Daniels's descriptions of leisure and recreational activities do justice to both the intellectual richness of the historical material and to its inherent charm. Chapters on reading, music, civic celebrations, dinner parties, dancing, courtship, sex, alcohol, taverns, sports and games are presented in a lively style designed to make this book as entertaining as it is illuminating....

Title : Puritans At Play: Leisure and Recreation in Colonial New England
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ISBN : 9780312161248
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Puritans At Play: Leisure and Recreation in Colonial New England Reviews

  • Courtney
    2019-04-17 01:56

    Full of easy to digest information and written in an accessible way. Layman readers won't have any issues with jargon, theory, or dense paragraphs of flowery writing. It didn't thrill me but I didn't expect it to (because of the subject matter). This is the first book focusing on Puritans that doesn't make me despise them. Daniels' research humanizes the New Englanders in a way you can relate to, leisure and play. We're a long ways away from where it all began, so it's interesting to see the very start (minus Virginia obviously).This is the first of my Labor, Leisure, & Consumption comp book list.....here we go.

  • Tim
    2019-04-27 05:52

    Puritans at Play is a good, but not great, book. Daniels has read the literature, does not seem to like the Puritans all that much, and spends most of his time in the 18th century. Not all of it, but he obviously found more fun things to write about with those generations, the ones who had so fallen away from the ideals of their ancestors (my story of declension). If without deep revelation it was at least easy to read (though the type-face chosen for this edition was horrendous).

  • Lars
    2019-04-23 00:50

    Read for HIS 1043 U.S. History I. Broad and insightful viewpoints on the stereotypical Puritan of colonial New England and how the stereotype rarely matches up with the historical truth. Well-researched and documented.