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Building a New Jerusalem$
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Francis J. Bremer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179132

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179132.001.0001

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Everyday Life in Mr. Davenport's Town

Everyday Life in Mr. Davenport's Town

(p.193) Chapter 13 Everyday Life in Mr. Davenport's Town
Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

Yale University Press

This chapter explains how John Davenport and his fellow leaders expected the heads of New Haven's households to teach civic responsibility and to regulate the behavior of those under their care. Davenport's vision for New Haven included a well-educated citizenry. As a member of the Hartlib Circle, he had engaged in discussions on the connection of educational reform as part of the overall effort to reform society. Davenport's interest in education did not end with the creation of the town grammar school. The economic struggles of New Haven thwarted his efforts to establish a Comenian-style university in the region. Davenport had been impressed with the Moravian's educational program when he first encountered the ideas in England, and had hoped to establish such a college in New Haven from the early days of the colony.

Keywords:   John Davenport, leaders, New Haven, civic responsibility, educational reform

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