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Legends, Lies, and Cherished Myths of American History

Source: Richard Shenkman, Legends, Lies, and Cherished Myths of American History (New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1989), page 61. [WorldCat]

[page 61]

Some have charged that the Puritans were sexually repressed and inhibited, supposedly the reason for Americans’ long-standing hang-ups about sex.  In reality the Puritans not only considered intercourse within marriage a positive good but talked about it in public.  When one James MATTOCK refused to sleep with his wife for two years running, the matter was taken up by the members of his congregation at the First Church of Boston.  After a free and open discussion of the subject they expelled him.

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