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Heavenly merchandize [electronic resource] : how religion shaped commerce in Puritan America / Mark Valeri.

Author/Creator:
Valeri, Mark R.
Publication:
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (354 p.)
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Core Textbook
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Subjects:
Puritans -- Doctrines -- History -- 17th century.
Puritans -- Doctrines -- History -- 18th century.
Puritans -- Influence.
Business -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
United States -- Religion -- To 1800.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Heavenly Merchandize offers a critical reexamination of religion's role in the creation of a market economy in early America. Focusing on the economic culture of New England, it views commerce through the eyes of four generations of Boston merchants, drawing upon their personal letters, diaries, business records, and sermon notes to reveal how merchants built a modern form of exchange out of profound transitions in the puritan understanding of discipline, providence, and the meaning of New England. Mark Valeri traces the careers of men like Robert Keayne, a London immigrant punished by his church for aggressive business practices; John Hull, a silversmith-turned-trader who helped to establish commercial networks in the West Indies; and Hugh Hall, one of New England's first slave traders. He explores how Boston ministers reconstituted their moral languages over the course of a century, from a scriptural discourse against many market practices to a providential worldview that justified England's commercial hegemony and legitimated the market as a divine construct. Valeri moves beyond simplistic readings that reduce commercial activity to secular mind-sets, and refutes the popular notion of an inherent affinity between puritanism and capitalism. He shows how changing ideas about what it meant to be pious and puritan informed the business practices of Boston's merchants, who filled their private notebooks with meditations on scripture and the natural order, founded and led churches, and inscribed spiritual reflections in their letters and diaries. Unprecedented in scope and rich with insights, Heavenly Merchandize illuminates the history behind the continuing American dilemma over morality and the marketplace.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Preface
Introduction. Heavenly Merchandize
CHAPTER ONE. Robert Keayne's Gift
CHAPTER TWO. Robert Keayne's Trials
CHAPTER THREE. John Hull's Accounts
CHAPTER FOUR. Samuel Sewall's Windows
CHAPTER FIVE. Hugh Hall's Scheme
EPILOGUE. Religious Revival
Notes
Index
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Description based upon print version of record.
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI, 1999- (Early English books online) Digital version of: (Early English Books, 1641-1700 ; 2929:3) s1999 miun s
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Cited in:
Wing (2nd ed.) W2279
ISBN:
1-282-56920-1
9786612569203
1-4008-3499-6
OCLC:
297426207
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781400834990 doi