Arthur Stanley Pease (1881-1964), "The Aims of a Liberal College,"
Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors
(February, 1928) 135-141 (at 141):
We have tolerated too long from some recently imported elements
in our country an easy and ignorant abuse of our ancestors, and
the word "Puritan," in particular, has become a popular term of
reproach among those inclined to think little and write much. The
Puritans and their New England descendants had their faults, like
the rest of us, yet if one examines their simple but beautifully
proportioned architecture, their honestly built furniture, and the
other surviving works of their hands, and then if he recalls their
reverence for superiority (if not always for authority), their adventurous and pioneering spirit, their disregard of the easy, the
shallow, and the dishonest, he may come to feel that they possessed
qualities in need of revival in this age of the mechanical, the overgrown, the quick, the cheap, and the mediocre.