Pursuing Happiness: Cultural Discourse and Popular Religion in Anglican Virginia, 1700--1770

Pursuing Happiness: Cultural Discourse and Popular Religion in Anglican Virginia, 1700--1770

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Demonstrating the symbiosis of sacred, secular, oral and written cultures in the common articulation of a transatlantic ecclesiology of happiness, this dissertation demonstrates the cultural relevance of the qpursuit of happinessq long before Thomas Jefferson made it an inalienable human right. In uncovering an aspect of colonial commonsense that permeated eighteenth-century culture, it contributes to a fuller understanding of everyday life and culture in an Atlantic World.The argument here is less that particular titles were popular in Virginia than that a sizeable genre of pamphlets devoted to virtuous happiness existed. ... a€œ8An Essay on Happiness in Four Books (London: Printed for R. and J . Dodsley, 1762 ), 3.


Title:Pursuing Happiness: Cultural Discourse and Popular Religion in Anglican Virginia, 1700--1770
Author: Jacob M. Blosser
Publisher:ProQuest - 2006
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