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New England's Generation: The Great Migration and the Formation of Society and Culture in the Seventeenth Century [Paperback]

Virginia DeJohn Anderson

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Nov. 27 1992 052144764X 978-0521447645 1
Through analyses of the process of migration and settlement and of the symbolic meaning that participants attached to their experiences, the book tells the story of New England's origins as one of dynamism and change. Focusing on the lives of nearly 700 emigrants, the narrative examines such topics as the settlers' motives for leaving England, their experience of the voyage, their patterns of settlement in the New World, and their search for economic security in a new land. The descendants of the founders erected the story of their "great" migration into early British America's only effective foundation myth--a record of achievement that succeeding generations could never match. Rich in detail and insight, this exploration of New England's founding examines both the lives of ordinary people and the transcendent meanings that those lives ultimately acquired.

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"As the title suggests, this is a scholarly book, yet there's much here to interest general readers of American history. Anderson's mission is to examine the reasons for the stability of early New England." Providence Journal

"Historian Virginia DeJohn Anderson studied 693 settlers who came here on seven ships between 1635 and 1638... in careful prose, Anderson refracts their psychological makeup in a way that makes them understandable to us." The Boston Globe

"...besides being beautifully written, the book is both original and highly useful in linking so many issues so intelligently through collective biography....It is an apt depiction of the socioeconomic context within which much of the cultural and intellectual drama of New England was played." Richard P. Gildrie, William and Mary Quarterly

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Focusing on the lives of nearly 700 emigrants, through analyses of the process of migration and settlement and of the symbolic meaning that participants attached to their experiences, this study tells the story of New England's origins as one of dynamism and change.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, well argued Oct. 31 2006
By P. Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a fascinating exposure of the "Great Migration", as it has been called, the New England immigration, that lastest less than 10 years, from 1630 to 1640. This migration was "great" in the minds of the people who made the journey, even though it was the smaller in duration and numbers of people, than any other region of American colonization. It was "great" in their minds because of the religious motivations. The follows the immigrants from the decision to immigrate, the trip over, settling in the new country, and continues on to the the second generation and the desire of the first generation to impress on them the values that they had come over with. The book is a fascinating look at what life was like for these early immigrants, illustrated with real life people, including a few of my ancestors. The book is well documented with a combination of historical and genealogical sources. The book is engaging and extremely well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical analysis of Puritan migration to New England Jan. 25 2012
By Betty Ann - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this to be excellent background material to read while working on my family genealogy of this period. It gave a third dimension to my understanding of who these people were and what they sought in the New World.
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed Feb. 21 2014
By D. Montano - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought that she would go into more detail about ship's rosters. She speaks of the 7 ships, but there are no rosters, only a handful of names are mentioned in the book.

As far as helping understand the Great Migration, just read "Seeds of Albion" - you'll get a lot more background.

I thought her writing was pallid and dry.

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