The Crisis of the Standing Order: Clerical Intellectuals and Cultural Authority in Massachusetts, 1780-1833

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Chronicles the demise of one Massachusetts intellectual elite, the Congregational Standing Order, and the rise of another, the Boston Brahmins. Finds behind the change the rise of a new group of wealthy urban merchants who funded Brahmin efforts to create the first secular high culture in the US, to the detriment of the orthodox ministry. Also traces the consequences of the change for the region and the country as a whole. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Peter S. Field is assistant professor of history at Tennessee Technological University.

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"Significant, well-written, meticulous in its research, and witty, Field's book makes a major contribution to our understanding of religion in Massachusetts during the first third of the nineteenth century and to American intellectual history in general." - Mary Kupiec Cayton, Miami University.

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