Pastors, People, Politics
Pastors, People, Politics: German Lutherans in Pennsylvania 1740-1790
ISBN 978-3-88476-287-5, ISBN 3-88476-287-7, 402 S., kt., € 35,00 (1998)
(Mosaic - Studien und Texte zur amerikanischen Kultur und Geschichte, Bd. 4)
In this volume colonial historian Wolfgang Splitter presents an enlightening new approach to the history of the German Lutherans in eighteenth-century Pennsylvania that blends various aspect of social, political, and intellectual history. Based upon plenty of original sources, the author traces the development of these people from passive spectators of the political business to active players on the public stage. In his solidly contrived analysis of the numerous internal conflicts that devided the German Lutheran community for decades, Splitter’s study offers a set of conclusions that carefully balances the clergy’s views and the laity’s perspective. Containing an abundance of statistical material and biographical data, this book is a substantial and significant contribution to the scholarly literature on colonial Pennsylvania and trans-Atlantic migration history.