Governing The Tongue: The Politics Of Speech In Early New England

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Governing The Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England

Colonial New Englanders would have found our modern notions of free speech very strange indeed. Children today shrug off harsh words by chanting "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me," but in the seventeenth century people felt differently. "A soft tongue breaketh the bone," they often said.

Governing the Tongue explains why the spoken word assumed such importance in the culture of early New England. Author Jane Kamensky re-examines such famous Puritan events as the Salem witch trials and the banishment of Anne Hutchinson to expose the ever-present fear of what the puritans called "sins of the tongue." But even while dangerous or deviant speech was restricted, Kamensky points out, godly speech was continuously praised and promoted. Congregations were told that one should ones voice "like a trumpet" to God and "cry out and cease not."

By placing speech at the heart of familiar stories of Puritan New England, Kamensky develops new ideas about the relationship between speech and power both in Puritan New England and, by extension, in our world today.

Specifications of Governing The Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England

GENERAL
AuthorJane Kamensky
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
Edition1
ISBN-100195090802
ISBN-139780195090802
PublisherOxford University Press
Number Of Pages304
Publication Date1998-01-08
DIMENSIONS
Height9.3 inch.
Length6.4 inch.
Width1.1 inch.
Weight1.58 pounds.

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