Offers a look at the life of Philip Vickers Fithian, a diarist from southern New Jersey, in an effort to assess the influence of the Enlightenment in the British American colonies. Profile of Fithian; His perception on personal morality and behavior; Political and social issues tackled in his journal; Efforts to reconcile the pursuit of Enlightenment self-improvement with passion and love for home.
Fea, John, "The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philips Vickers Fithian’s Rural Enlightenment" (2003). History Educator Scholarship. 46.