The Manifestation of Puritan Ideology at 17th-century Harvard College


Harvard University’s 1650 Charter dedicated the institution to the education of "English and Indian youth of this country in knowledge and godlines [sic]." For several decades, a printing press produced religious works in English and Algonquian, while a small number of Native American students were educated alongside English students at the College, intended to become Puritan ministers and convert Native New Englanders. Intermingled lives created a dynamic and hybrid colonial community that pushed against imperial distinctions between English and Native American, revealing a textured process of colonialism specific to New England. In this paper, we consider how Puritan ideologies were materialized and embodied at early Harvard in order to foster a critical perspective on colonial lives and legacies. The empowering potential of these ideologies, best represented by literacy and the role of printing, today play a focal role in the recovery and remembrance of 17th-century Native American and English students.

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The Manifestation of Puritan Ideology at 17th-century Harvard College. Christina J. Hodge, Diana Loren, Patricia Capone. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428348)

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Temporal Keywords
17th Century

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 175