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The Imperial Origins of the King’s Church in Early America, 1607–1783

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Part of the Studies in Modern History book series (SMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. The Origins of Imperial Ecclesiastical Policies

  3. The Implementation of Imperial Policies by Civil and Church Officials

  4. The American Experience Transforms the King’s Church

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. James B. Bell
      Pages 107-124
    3. James B. Bell
      Pages 166-185
  5. Consequences of the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. James B. Bell
      Pages 203-209
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 210-298

About this book


The experience of the King's church in Early America was shaped by the unfolding imperial policies of the English government after 1675. London-based civil and ecclesiastical officials supervised the extension and development of the church overseas. The recruitment, appointment and financial support of the ministers was guided by London officials. Transplanted to the New World without the traditional hierarchical structure of the church - no bishop served in the colonies during the colonial period - at the time of the American Revolution it was neither an English-American, or American-English church, yet modified in a distinctive manner.


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About the authors

JAMES BELL is Visiting Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute in the University of Oxford and is the author of several books and numerous articles. He has taught at Princeton University, Barnard College, The College of Wooster, and The Ohio State University. His research interests are seventeenth and eighteenth century English and American History.

Bibliographic information


'It is evident that the book is the product of a great deal of research.' - Stephen Taylor, English Historical Review

'...the institutional overview and quantitative information make the book a useful addition to the literature on early American Religion.' - Travis Glasson, William and Mary Quarterly

' important resource, both in terms of its narrative and its immense bibliography, for the study of the Church of England in colonial North America.' - Edward L. Bond, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

'a welcome and worthy addition to the series...What sets this book a newly undertaken mining and marshaling of archival material both in the United Kingdom and the United States.' - Church History