606 } EAR LY AMER ICAN LITERATUR E: VOLU ME 53, N U MBER 2 erties”—pushed the General Court to favor Ward, rather than Cotton, is a question that merits further investigation. Female Piety and the Invention of American Puritanism is an impor- tant book, one that will teach well in graduate courses. Although I am not wholly persuaded by Traister’s larger claims, I am provoked, intrigued, moved to ask new questions and revisit familiar texts with an altered per - spective. Indeed, I am far more engaged by and interested in Traister’s work than I would have been with a less ambitious but more convincing book. His accomplishment is a reminder that scholarship should never content itself with safe or overly modest claims, that provocation may be a more valuable service to the academy than persuasion. zACh hUTChINs Colorado State University Mania for Freedom: American Literatures of Enthusiasm from the Revolution to the Civil War jOhN MAC kILgORE Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016 300 pp. They who have made but superficial studies in the Natural History of the human mind, have been taught to look on religious opinions as the only cause of enthusiastick zeal, and
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