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Michael C. Batinski

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Batinski works is on the Emeriti Faculty at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois.

Biography: Michael C. Batinski is recognized for significant scholarship and publication in American colonial history and culture.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Michael C. Batinski on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Jonathan Belcher, Colonial governor /
ISBN: 0813119464 OCLC: 32820629

University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky. : ©1996.

As early as the eighteenth century, New England's ministers were decrying public morality in jeremiads aimed at wayward colonists. Evangelical leaders such as Jonathan Edwards called for rulers to become spiritual as well as political leaders who would renew the people's covenant with God. The prosperous merchant Jonathan Belcher (1682-1757) self-consciously strove to become such a leader, an American Nehemiah. As governor of three royal colonies and early patron of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University), Belcher became an important but controversial figure in colonial America. An insightful blend of social and political history, this biography demands that Belcher be recognized as the embodiment of the Nehemiah, perhaps as important in his own realm as Cotton Mather was in religious circles. Grappling with the contradictions of Belcher's actions, the author explains much about the complexities of the world in which Belcher lived and wielded influence and, by weaving together social, religious, and cultural history, portrays in the career of Jonathan Belcher a richly detailed synthesis of the tumultuous late colonial period.

  Jonathan Belcher.
ISBN: 1322601585 OCLC: 901296606

The University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

Pastkeepers in a small place :
ISBN: 1558494553 OCLC: 55000614

University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst : ©2004.

The New Jersey Assembly, 1738-1775 :
ISBN: 081916089X OCLC: 14932787

University Press of America, Lanham, MD : ©1987.