Academic journal article Early American Studies

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Academic journal article Early American Studies

From the Editor

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If last fall's issue oí Early American Studies was narrowly focused on the evolution of the Hudson Valley, this issue is decidedly broader and more eclectic. The only shared feature in this issue - although of no real importance - is the word "defiance," which appears in the title of two of the essays. Yet if such diversity of subject matter teases the intellect, it also has made the sequence of articles somewhat problematical. How should they be arranged, I wondered, to make order out of a disparate collection of interesting essays, the subjects of which had little or nothing in common? Article content and geography provided a good answer: the articles progress from the local to the regional to the trans -Atlantic to the global.

As a result of the format, the "local" begins in Newport, Rhode Island, where Christina Hodge and Diana Gallagher have taken an archaeological approach to the study of this seaport town. Excavated objects form the basis of their work, and analysis of such items has revealed vital information about the daily life of middle-class households in the eighteenth century.

The local gives way to the regional in the next several essays. Stephanie Schnorbus takes another look at the New-England Primer and concludes that although successive editions show some change over time, the Calvinist themes are not drastically transformed by the Lockean model, as some would have it. Indeed, the primers (and particularly their illustrations) offer a blend of Calvinist and Lockean representations. …

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