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p. 977. The puritan legacylocked

  • Francis J. Bremer

Abstract

‘The puritan legacy’ examines the influence of the puritan movement in England and America. The most significant contributions to the puritan legacy in the decades after the Restoration are found in literature. Most Revolutionary era evocations of the founders of New England emphasized the puritans' resistance to English oppression rather than their specific religious beliefs. In the early decades of the twentieth century, puritanism became firmly characterized as a negative influence in American history and the modern heritage industry has done little to change these perceptions, with outdated and erroneous stereotypes continuing to dominate the popular understanding of puritanism.

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