They are difficult to shatter, for they perpetuate the popular belief that the nation has always enjoyed universal democracy, honesty, and opportunity the new england town, however, deserves more than a mythical place in american history in this industrial village society, the unique american experience had its beginnings. A new england town is a fascinating exploration of the evolution of dedham, massachusetts, from its founding as a haven for english puritans in 1636 over its first century.
Kenneth lockridge, a new england town: the first hundred years (new york: w w norton & company, inc, 1970) many historical texts about the american revolution and the events leading up to it are generalized, unspecific and do not investigate the preliminary causes of the changes america underwent before the revolution.
Read the full-text online edition of a new england town: the first hundred years: dedham, massachusetts, 1636-1736 (1985. Lockridge's objective is to dispel the myth that early new england towns were immediately american, even in their beginnings he seeks to show that it took quite some time, in this case one hundred years, for the typical seventeenth-century new england town to develop the american values and political systems that many believe were simply automatic. John demos' a little commonwealth (p 1180) debunked some of the social myths about plymouth colony family life, and now kenneth lockridge takes a crack at the political myths surrounding that pristine popular institution the new england town.
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The new england town (generally referred to simply as a town in new england) is the basic unit of local government and local division of state authority in each of the six new england states and without a direct counterpart in most other us states. The new england town (generally referred to simply as a town in new england) boston, for instance, was a town for the first two centuries of its existence the entire land areas of connecticut and rhode island had been divided into towns by the late 18th century,.
Additionally, lockridge's work challenged our understanding of the new england town as american myth naturally, part of being a historian is challenging the accepted historical beliefs i grew up in one of the towns that was part of the dedham land tract of 1636.
The new england town, however, deserves more than a mythical place in american history in this industrial village society, the unique american experience had its beginnings in his highly original and controversial study. The colonial new england town is one of the myths of american history, along with such others as george washington and the cherry tree and the frontier they are difficult to shatter, for they perpetuate the popular belief that the nation has always enjoyed universal democracy, honesty, and opportunity. However, a new england town by professor kenneth lockridge attempts to describe how the colonies in america developed by following the progress of a typical puritan colonial town, dedham, massachusetts, from its inception in 1636 through its first one hundred years.