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Published: 07 August 2014

344 Pages | 7 halftones


ISBN: 9780199998142

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Inventing Eden

Primitivism, Millennialism, and the Making of New England

Zachary McLeod Hutchins

  • Examines a diverse group of writers from Bacon to Locke, and from Bradstreet, Cotton, and Edwards to Jefferson, the Connecticut Wits, and the anonymous Freemason poets
  • Reviews hundreds of primary sources from both sides of the Atlantic and across two centuries
  • Makes claims for the essentially religious character of the Declaration of Independence, suggesting that a belief in Eden underlies the intellectual justifications for the American Revolution