Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town is a book by American historian Sumner Chilton Powell published in 1963 by Wesleyan University Press, which won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for History.[1][2][3][4] It minutely examines the records of Sudbury, Massachusetts from 1638-1660 to show how the town developed mainly from emigrants from Watertown, Massachusetts, tracing every settler back to England, concluding that there were no typical "English" towns and no typical "Puritans".

Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town
Pulitzer Prize in History 1964
AuthorSumner Chilton Powell
CountryUnited States
PublisherWesleyan University Press
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  1. ^ Elizabeth A. Brennan; Elizabeth C. Clarage (1999). Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 303–. ISBN 978-1-57356-111-2.
  2. ^ Sumner Chilton Powell (1 May 2011). Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town. Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 978-0-8195-7268-4.
  3. ^ "Pulitzer Prize 1964 Winners". www.pulitzer.org. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  4. ^ Peter Laslett (December 1963). "Reviewed Work: Puritan Village, the Formation of a New England Town by Sumner Chilton Powell". The New England Quarterly. 36 (4): 546–548. doi:10.2307/363122. JSTOR 363122.