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Gentlemen RevolutionariesPower and Justice in the New American Republic$
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Tom Cutterham

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691172668

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691172668.001.0001

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(p.37) Chapter Two Obedience
Gentlemen Revolutionaries

Tom Cutterham

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the attempts to develop new and revolutionary approaches to education and literature. For some, especially the representatives of New England's Congregationalist establishment, the colonies' religious and educational traditions could find a new and central role in the republic. Public schooling and public religion would teach Americans not to abuse their new independence. It would help maintain the sober order and hierarchy necessary for national greatness. However, not every gentleman thought alike on matters of education or religion. For some young men, especially those who had come of age during the war, the revolution offered the chance to break out of old traditions.

Keywords:   education, literature, public schooling, public religion, independence, American revolution

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