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Invisible Masters
Gender, Race, and the Economy of Service in Early New England
Elisabeth Ceppi

Publication date: July 3, 2018


Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies

Dartmouth
2018 • 304 pp. 6 x 9"
Colonial History / Social History / New England History

$45.00 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0296-8
$95.00 Hardcover, 978-1-5126-0295-1

$44.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0297-5

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Can one serve both God and mammon?

Invisible Masters rewrites the familiar narrative of the relation between Puritan religious culture and New England’s economic culture as a history of the primary discourse that connected them: service. The understanding early Puritans had of themselves as God’s servants and earthly masters was shaped by their immersion in an Atlantic culture of service and the worldly pressures and opportunities generated by New England’s particular place in it. Concepts of spiritual service and mastery determined Puritan views of the men, women, and children who were servants and slaves in that world. So, too, did these concepts shape the experience of family, labor, law, and economy for those men, women, and children—the very bedrock of their lives. This strikingly original look at Puritan culture will appeal to a wide range of Americanists and historians.



ELISABETH CEPPI is an associate professor of English at Portland State University.



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