Main Currents in American Thought, Vol. 1: The Colonial Mind, 1620-1800

  • Title: Main Currents in American Thought, Vol. 1: The Colonial Mind, 1620-1800
  • Author: Vernon Louis Parrington David W. Levy
  • ISBN: 9780806120805
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Main Currents in American Thought Vol The Colonial Mind When Parrington s Pulitzer Prize winning history of American ideas was first published Henry Seidel Canby wrote This is a work of the first importance lucid comprehensive accurate as sound schola
    When Parrington s Pulitzer Prize winning history of American ideas was first published, Henry Seidel Canby wrote, This is a work of the first importance, lucid, comprehensive, accurate as sound scholarship should be, and also challenging, original in its thinking, shrewd, and sometimes brilliant Alfred Kazin has called Main Currents in American Thought the most ambitioWhen Parrington s Pulitzer Prize winning history of American ideas was first published, Henry Seidel Canby wrote, This is a work of the first importance, lucid, comprehensive, accurate as sound scholarship should be, and also challenging, original in its thinking, shrewd, and sometimes brilliant Alfred Kazin has called Main Currents in American Thought the most ambitious single effort of the Progressive mind to understand itself In the Foreword to this new edition, David W Levy argues that Parrington s intellectual survey will stand as a model for venturesome scholars for years to come Readers and scholars of the rising generation may not follow Parrington s particular judgments or point of view, but it is hard to believe that they will not still be captivated and inspired by his sparkle, his breadth, his daring, and the ardor of his political commitment Volume I, The Colonial Mind, 1620 1800, treats such influential figures as John Winthrop, Roger Williams, Samuel Sewall, Increase and Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Tom Paine, and Thomas Jefferson.

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    1. This is the third time I have reread this book over the past 35 years. Each time I learn something new. Also, it is pleasant to read something that was written at a time when the word "liberal" was not an insult but just a synonym for "broadminded".The author, in this volume, analyses the writings of important American thinkers from 1620 to 1800. It is refreshing to see that once upon a time, many American leaders sweated blood, studied and agonized before expounding their opinions to the commun [...]

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    2. The very thing that made this book so valuable to me was the very thing that made it so tedious to me - and that was the amount of individuals it discussed. The very thing that made me appreciate this author so much was the very thing that numbed my mind a bit to what he was saying - and that was he was so smooth in his delivery that it seemed the true relevance of some of the characters slid right by me. However, I consider this book an important staple of my colonial history reading and one th [...]

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    3. If one is going to read just one book on American history, this should be it. Parrington is a humanitarian. He is a political being and doesn't hide it. His focus is on people and their ideas, rather than events. For me this is the way it should be.Parrington's writing is eloquent. He has strong opinions and expresses them openly. He is in favor of political democracy as understood in the second half of the 18th century. He is on the side of Sam Adams, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. He digs [...]

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    4. The democrats and egalitarians are all heroes, federalists and loyalists are villains. However, in a way reminiscent of John Jay Chapman's Garrison, the language is forceful and attractive (if, at times, hyperbolic) despite this by now quite stale bias. I had hoped as well for a more sophisticated examination of the intersection between ideology and literature (the subject of my senior thesis). For Parrington, literature only figures as polemic. Possibly the next volume will be better.As intelle [...]

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    5. Somewhat interesting to the historian in me, but in 3 volumes covering seemingly countless pages I found it a bit long for my short attention span! I expected more from a Pulitzer Prize winner and was somewhat put off by a dated writing style (it was composed in the late 20's with the last incomplete volume published posthumously). Unless you are a huge history buff with a Jeffersonian bent and with a lot of time on your hands, you may want to avoid this one.

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