The Foundations of American Nationality

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them a general authority over the colonies in America. Gorges, also, kept up a constant fire of hostile criticism. Finally the English government sent over an order for the surrender of the charter. This was an anxious time; the ministers were consulted and favored resisting any "general governor" who might be sent from England. Fortunately the troubles at home became so serious that the King and his advisers had little time for American affairs. So for half a century this Puritan experiment in government was carried on with very little interference.

The enemies of this Bible Commonwealth were not all on the opposite side of the water. The dissenting spirit which brought the Puritans to Massachusetts could not be kept within the limits set by a small ruling class. Almost immediately there appeared individuals and groups of people who carried their dissent farther still, so far in fact that they in turn became exiles and founders of new colonies in which they were able to develop more freely their own theories.

Dissent.


BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Andrews, C. M., Fathers of New England, chs. I, II, IV. Channing, United States, I, chs. X-XII. Eggleston, Beginners of a Nation, bk. II. Fiske, J., Beginnings of New England, 50-114. Adams, J. T., Founding of New England, chs. I-VII. Palfrey, J. G. , History of New England (too detailed for most readers).

General accounts.

Cheyney, E. P., European Background, ch. XII. Cambridge Modern History, II, 342-376. Walker, W., Calvin, especially chs. XIV, XV. Gardiner, S. R., Puritan Revolution, 1-6, chs. IV, V. (His History of England, 1603-1642, is useful for reference; see especially I, 16-41.) Becker, C., Beginnings of the American People, 80-100 (suggestive).

Puritanism in the Old World.

Winsor, America, III, ch. VIII. Dexter, M., Story of the Pilgrims. Dexter, H. M., and M., England and Holland of the Pilgrims. Brown, J., Pilgrim Fathers (sympathetic English account). Usher, R. G., Tke Pilgrims and Their History.

The Pilgrims.

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