Colonial American Troops 1610-1774 by René Chartrand, Dave Rickman

By René Chartrand, Dave Rickman

From the earliest English settlements the survival of the newborn colonies in North the United States depended upon neighborhood militias. through the seventeenth and lots of the 18th century royal troops have been seldom shipped out from Britain, and the most burden of successive wars with the yankee Indians, and with the typical troops and militias of Britain's colonial opponents France and Spain, often fell upon in the community raised squaddies. those devices additionally fought along the Crown forces in the course of significant operations resembling the French-Indian struggle of the 1750s. This moment of a desirable three-part examine covers the militias and provincial troops raised in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, manhattan and New Jersey.

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It is the heart which governs the intellect,” Henry Ward Beecher’s father Lyman insisted. Other Protestant liberals likewise argued that rational conviction could have little purchase if the “lower” elements of human nature provoked resistance. Only an emotionally receptive listener would heed rational appeals. But how were they to increase the American public’s emotional receptivity to divine truth? Revivals offered one avenue. For many Protestant liberals, however, humanitarian aid seemed an even more powerful tool for spreading the gospel, as well as a moral imperative in its own right.

This was the urge to remake American culture by spreading the ethical virtues, character traits, and social practices that scholars increasingly associated with science – and increasingly failed to discern in the dominant forms of Protestantism. Viewed from this angle, the new universities did not represent as sharp a break with the denominational colleges of the mid-nineteenth century as either their founders or most interpreters today would insist. Historians have recently stressed the persistence of theological tenets associated with liberal Protestantism in the new university system.

It is a sign of s­cientific democracy’s enormous range and influence that its manifold expressions burst the bounds of a single book, even one this inclusive. Science, Democracy, and the American University certainly does not say the final word about the subject it treats. It does, however, propose a starting point, an angle of approach for further study. And it suggests that looking at the events of the period through a synoptic lens, at this level of generality, is crucial for Introduction 19 u­nderstanding where American scholars and citizens are today, and where they can hope to be tomorrow.

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