Town Born: The Political Economy of New England from Its Founding to the Revolution

★★★★☆

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Levy examines the history of colonial Massachusetts by way of its most powerful institution: the town. Town governments organized and controlled local economies throughout the northeast, promoting semi-democratic institutions but also harsh and provincial social control. The book is unexpectedly interesting on subjects like childrearing, crowd violence, and vagrancy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

★★★★☆
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