David D. HallThe Puritans

David D. Hall will examine the values that shaped civil life in Puritan New England.


Given a free hand to form colony and town governments, what values did the people who arrived in New England in the 1630’s bring to this process? How did these values shape the making of a legal system, rules about who could vote, and especially, who could participate in civic life?

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About the Author


David D. Hall is professor emeritus of American religious history at Harvard Divinity School. His books include Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New EnglandA Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England, and The Faithful Shepherd: A History of the New England Ministry in the Seventeenth Century. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.