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The Protestant Temperament: Patterns of Child-Rearing, Religious Experience, and the Self in Early America

 
 
 
 
The Protestant Temperament: Patterns of Child-Rearing, Religious Experience, and the Self in Early America
Author: Philip Greven
ISBN 13: 9780226308302
ISBN 10: 226308308
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1988-09-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 446
List Price: $35.00
 
 

Bringing together an extraordinary richness of evidence—from letters, diaries, and other intimate family records of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries—Philip Greven explores the strikingly distinctive ways in which Protestant children were reared in America. In tracing the hidden continuities of religious experience, of attitudes toward God, children, the self, sexuality, pleasure, virtue, and achievement, Greven identifies three distinct Protestant temperaments prevailing among Americans at the time: the Evangelical, the Moderate, and the General. The Protestant Temperament is a powerful reassessment of the role of child-rearing and religion in early American life.