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Governing the Tongue The Politics of Speech in Early New England

ISBN-10: 0195130901

ISBN-13: 9780195130904

Edition: 1999

Authors: Jane Kamensky

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Governing the Tongue explains why the spoken word assumed such importance in the culture of early New England. In a work that is at once historical, socio-cultural, and linguistic, Jane Kamensky explores the little-known words of unsung individuals, and reconsiders such famous Puritan events as the banishment of Anne Hutchinson and the Salem witch trials, to expose the ever-present fear of what the Puritans called "sins of the tongue." But even while dangerous or deviant speech was restricted, as Kamensky illustrates here, godly speech was continuously praised and promoted. Congregations were told that one should lift one's voice "like a trumpet" to God and "cry out and cease not." By placing speech at the heart of New England's early history, Kamensky develops new ideas about the complex relationship between speech and power in both Puritan New England and, by extension, our world today.
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Book details

List price: $73.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/18/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.09" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction
The Sweetest Meat, the Bitterest Poison
A Most Unquiet Hiding Place
The Misgovernment of Woman's Tongue
"Publick Fathers" and Cursing Sons
Saying and Unsaying
The Tongue Is a Witch
Epilogue
Litigation over Speech in Massachusetts, 1630-1692
Notes
Index