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This interdisciplinary selection of comparative essays by means of special historians and literary critics seems to be at elements of the concept of Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin and considers where of those males in American tradition. most likely the 2 such a lot tested figures of the colonial interval, they've got frequently been the item of comparative reviews. those characterizations frequently painting them as collectively particular excellent kinds, hence putting them in different types as diverse and adverse as "traditional" and "modern." In those essays--by such students as William Breitenbach, Edwin Gaustad, Elizabeth Dunn, and Ruth Bloch--polemical contrasts disappear and Edwards and Franklin end up contrapuntal issues in a bigger harmony. Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the illustration of yankee Culture is a invaluable addition to scholarship on American literature and thought.

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