A work of tremendous proportion in terms of scope and research, with profuse use of quotations, dealing with the pattern of American intellectual and cultural life in the mid-18th century. The closest comparison is Parrington's Main Currents of American Thought, as applied to the treatment of one period. The author deals, in separate sections, with ten phases of American Colonial life:- religion, science, philosophy, economics, society, politics, the arts, nationalism. He considers their European background, historical development, expression and manifestation in America. He sees the American way as a fusion -- and shows how the Colonial mind, in all its aspects, fell into the channels of economic and social divisions of American society, as rival factions fought for political power, and all were dominated by religion, which was in turn dethroned by Newtonian science, though in art, music and literature, the economic aspect prevailed. Ponderous -- chiefly valuable as a reference work.