Creating an American Identity: New England, 1789–1825 by Stephanie Kermes (auth.)

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He explained their attitude by reference to the lack of schools and churches in the state. The Congregational clergyman Jeremy Belknap, in contrast, had no excuse for the srnall-rnindedness he observed among the people of Dover, New Hampshire, where he served as a minister for nearly two decades. Boudinot and Belknap both expected model republicans to be model Christians as well and tended to exclude from the imagined New England nation everybody who was not perceived as such . Belknap also found his parishioners in Dover not well educated and was disappointed that they had failed to establish a public school.

As Lewis P. " This meant a covenant between God and the community of the godly building their City on the Hill. New England leaders used this idea to interpret the new national union as a continuation of the original project of the Puritans. As prooffor the divine providence of their forefathers, eighteenth-century Puritans gave the fact that the first settlers after all survived in the wilderness. They found "the special Providence of God . strikingly visible in the 24 ~ CREATING AN AMERICAN IDENTITY first settlement ofNew England," because God prevented the Indians from attacking them and "the ferocious natives .

He explained their attitude by reference to the lack of schools and churches in the state. The Congregational clergyman Jeremy Belknap, in contrast, had no excuse for the srnall-rnindedness he observed among the people of Dover, New Hampshire, where he served as a minister for nearly two decades. Boudinot and Belknap both expected model republicans to be model Christians as well and tended to exclude from the imagined New England nation everybody who was not perceived as such . Belknap also found his parishioners in Dover not well educated and was disappointed that they had failed to establish a public school.

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