- John Winthrop and the Origins of American Multiculturalism: A Plea Against Balkanization
In this lengthy essay, Dr. David R. Williams, Professor of English at George Mason University, argues that in our efforts to broaden the traditional canon of American Literature we need to be careful not to throw out authors just because they are dead white males associated with patriarchy and authoritarianism. Instead, he says, when possible we need to broaden our readings of the old, traditional canon. He focuses on John Winthrop’s “Christian Charity” speech to illustrate his point. Despite its pleas for unity and conformity, this speech also embraces diversity. Throughout this essay, Williams explores the pro-diversity side of Winthrop.
- The American Sense of Puritan
The American Studies program at University of Virginia commissioned the writing of a book called The American Sense of the Puritan, by Scott Atkins. The book is divided into three sections: 1) Two Histories: Context and Development (of the Puritans and Massachusetts Bay Colony), 2) Tradition as Cultural Tool, and 3) Pilgrims and Puritans in the U.S. Capitol. The entire text is included on this site.
- Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1640-1700
Put together by University of California, Berkeley, this site has over fifteen primary documents relating to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, such as the Oath of a Freeman, a Psalm Book, a map and others.
- The Church of England
Written by David Cody, Professor of English at Hartwick College, this is an overview of the Church of England.