A Crisis of Community: The Trials and Transformation of a by Mary Babson Fuhrer

By Mary Babson Fuhrer

within the first a long time of the yankee republic, Mary White, a shopkeeper's spouse from rural Boylston, Massachusetts, stored a diary. Woven into its list of daily occasions is a amazing story of clash and transformation in small-town lifestyles. Sustained by means of its Puritan historical past, gentry management, and experience of universal strong, Boylston had survived the upheaval of revolution and the production of the recent kingdom. Then, in one iteration of wrenching change,the city and tis humans descended into contentious fight. interpreting the tumultuous Jacksonian period on the intimate point of kin and neighborhood, Mary Babson Fuhrer brings to existence the complex construction of a brand new social, political, and monetary order founded on person striving and voluntary institutions in an expansive nation.

Blending kin documents and a wealthy trove of group information, Fuhrer examines the "age of revolutions" during the lens of a rural neighborhood that used to be swept into the networks of an increasing and urbanizing New England area. This finely unique heritage lends new intensity to our figuring out of a key transformative second in American history.

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