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ISBN: 0393035840
Author: Stephen Innes
Language: English
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (March 17, 1995)
Pages: 416
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
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How did the Puritan settlers of Massachusetts Bay Colony, within just a generation of its founding in 1630 and against enormous odds, establish a thriving, diversified, family-based economy? In illuminating this phenomenon, Innes's impressive revisionist study sweeps away.

How did the Puritan settlers of Massachusetts Bay Colony, within just a generation of its founding in 1630 and against enormous odds, establish a thriving, diversified, family-based economy? In illuminating this phenomenon, Innes's impressive revisionist study sweeps away conventional notions of mercantile New England as a place of rugged individualism and economic backwardness.

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New England Puritans Set a Standard for Economic Development . Friday, November 1, 1996. Now Stephen Innes, an historian at the University of Virginia, has entered the fray with a detailed and distinguished description of the Puritan settlement in Massachusetts during the seventeenth century. In his book, called Creating the Commonwealth, Innes shows how the New Englanders, who settled a relatively inhospitable land with no obvious cash crop such as tobacco, achieved a rate of economic growth that could only be called stunning. Certainly, attitudes such as the work ethic were a crucial ingredient of the story.

Marshalling rich new evidence, Stephen Innes focuses on enterprise in early New England and its relation to the prevailing culture of Puritanism

Marshalling rich new evidence, Stephen Innes focuses on enterprise in early New England and its relation to the prevailing culture of Puritanism. He finds in our beginnings at Massachusetts Bay a fierce devotion to God that fed a social commitment to engage the world and prosper. The Puritan commonwealth strengthened this commitment by adopting policies to promote economic growth. This ambitious history offers a sweeping reinterpretation of America's cultural roots in the colonial past. Marshalling rich new evidence, Stephen Innes focuses on enterprise in early New England and its relation to the prevailing culture of Puritanism.

Innes, Stephen (1995). Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-03584-1.

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Creating the commonwealth. The Economic Culture of Puritan New England. A culture of discipline imbued each aspect of Puritan life with holy significance. Every act, personal or professional, had as its aim the celebration of God, and labor was no exception: Raising one field of corn glorified God, but raising two fields glorified him more.

Stephen Innes in Creating the Commonwealth (1995) writes that the Puritan calendar was one of the most leisure-less ever adopted by mankind with approximately 300 working days compared to the 240 typical of cultures from Ancient Rome to modern America

Stephen Innes in Creating the Commonwealth (1995) writes that the Puritan calendar was one of the most leisure-less ever adopted by mankind with approximately 300 working days compared to the 240 typical of cultures from Ancient Rome to modern America. Days of rest in the New England calendar were few, Innes writes, and restricted to Sabbath, election day, Harvard commencement day, and periodic days of thanksgiving and humiliation Christmas in Puritan New England.

Stephen Innes, Creating the Commonwealth: The Economic Culture of Puritan New England (1995). T. H. Breen and Stephen Innes, Myne Owne Ground Race and Freedom on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, 1640–1676 (1982). Francis Jennings, The Invasion of America: Indians, Colonialism, and the Cant of Conquest (1975). Challenges readers to rethink much of what is taken for granted about American colonial race relations. John Demos, A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony (1970).

This ambitious history offers a sweeping reinterpretation of America's cultural roots in the colonial past.

Marshaling rich new evidence, Innes focuses on enterprise in early New England and its relation to the prevailing culture of Puritanism. He finds in our beginnings at Massachusetts Bay a fierce devotion to God that fed a social commitment to engage the world and prosper. The result was a thriving capitalism and a diminishing devotion which alarmed Puritan leaders in the late seventeenth century. While telling the story of Massachusetts Bay's transformation from a resource-poor perch on the continent to an active international economy, Innes supplies wonderful detail on early New England's ironworks, fisheries, shipyards, and the "Scums and dreggs" who provided the labor for Puritan enterprise.

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Innes argues that the economic success of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was due to the Puritans creation of a society in which capitalism, community, and civil society were connected. The Protestant work ethic, which was taught in the household, pulpit, meetinghouse, and assembly, instructed that God provided every man with a calling and it was his duty to work hard at it. This religious-based work ethic coupled with the belief that profit taking was fine as long as the profits were used to help others (the linking of individual and collective well-being) encouraged the development, within the community, of an individual-based capitalism. These two beliefs endorsed "striving" behavior and enterprise which led to the growth of the economy.

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