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Based on primary documents, personal papers, and the much-quoted sermons, this is the first biography of Jonathan Mayhew since 1838. Boldest and most articulate of those colonial preachers who taught that resistance to tyranny was a Christian duty as well as a human right, Mayhew directed his great polemical skill toward fostering the growth of republican fervor and propagating his own transitional brand of theology. Charles Akers relates Mayhew’s ideas to his career and personality for the first time and convincingly demonstrates the profound influence of his vigorous religious concepts on the New England leaders of the American Revolution.