Happy Thanksgiving, all!
Incidentally, I heard someone mention today that the idea of the early colonists (the Puritans, at least) as overly rigid, loveless persons was more of a construct of Nathanial Hawthorne than it was of a description of the actual people. In fact, they tried to model their society in love following a Pauline model, so it was much warmer than people may imagine. There was mention that this latter view/finding was from the publication of some historian at Harvard (I don't have his name). Anyone else know more about the socio-religious dynamics of the early colonists?