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John Winthrop [electronic resource] : America's forgotten founding father /
Francis J. Bremer.
New York : Oxford University Press, c2003.
xviii, 478 p. : ill.
0195149130 (Cloth)
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New York : Oxford University Press, c2003.
0195149130 (Cloth)
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Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 16, 2007).
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-05-19:
Today John Winthrop (1588-1649) is perhaps best remembered for the famous sermon in which he likened the Massachusetts Bay Colony to a "city upon a hill," a model to the world of social and religious order. Bremer, editor of the Winthrop papers for the Massachusetts Historical Society, draws on those papers to add tremendously to our understanding of this pivotal figure, eloquently reminding us in a rich, magisterial biography how much Winthrop contributed to the founding of the colonies. Bremer studies Winthrop's early life in exhaustive detail, chronicling how his first four decades, in England, shaped his views and actions as the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Bremer focuses on his youthful spiritual struggles, carefully recorded in a journal, including his early decision to pursue a religious vocation and his sudden, unexplained decision to give that up to marry his first wife when he was only 17. After he gained the respect of his peers as an even-handed magistrate, he was elected governor of the new Massachusetts Bay Colony, where for eight years he governed with a judicious hand, mediating in religious and political feuds, including the expulsions of Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson for their dissenting views. Bremer uses previously unavailable materials in the Winthrop archives to vividly recreate the religious and political reform movements in early 17th-century England. Bremer's definitive biography gracefully portrays Winthrop as a man of his time, whose influence in the new colony grew out of his own struggles to establish his identity before he left England. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-06-15:
Bremer (The Puritan Experiment; history, Millersville Univ.), the editor of the Winthrop Papers for the Massachusetts Historical Society, presents an impressive, scholarly analysis of the life of John Winthrop (1588-1649), the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Winthrop is best known for his 1630 "Christian Charity" sermon, which provided the defining metaphor of America as "a City upon a Hill." Most Winthrop biographers have ignored the first 42 years of his life, but here Bremer provides a fully developed critical analysis of Winthrop's entire 61 years, including his important formative years in England. Drawing on ten years of exhaustive research into original archives, including Winthrop's extensive personal writings, Bremer organizes this impressive biography into three parts: a detailed background of the lives of Winthrop's grandfather, father, and uncles; a review of Winthrop's youth, education, and rise to a position of governmental responsibility in England; and, of course, the more familiar story of Winthrop's role in the founding and shaping of Massachusetts. All the while, Bremer maintains a keen concentration on interpreting Winthrop's actions by reference to his English heritage. Bremer's work surpasses the shorter versions in Edmund S. Morgan's The Puritan Dilemma and Elizabeth R. Connelly's John Winthrop. Highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2004-02-01:
The Puritan leader John Winthrop is not included in the pantheon of this nation's founders. The author of this outstanding and readable work believes that Winthrop deserves an honored place within the pantheon. Bremer, editor of the Winthrop Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society, proffers the thesis that Winthrop's leadership established a legacy that influenced those who, in the next century, raised the flag of independence. The subtitle may be slightly misleading in that the book is more than a work on Winthrop in America; it is a full-fledged biography that brings Winthrop to life. Dividing the book into three parts, "Heritage," "Struggle," and "Errand," Bremer establishes that Winthrop's youth in a Puritan environment in rural England provided him with qualities that made him an effective leader, instilled a love of liberty, and nurtured an ever-present sense of community. Braced by this background, Winthrop led his neighbors in building in the wilderness a "City on the Hill." This first-rate study will have a wide readership . ^BSumming Up: Essential. All libraries. J. J. Fox Jr. emeritus, Salem State College
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments and Thanksp. ix
Introductionp. xv
Prologuep. 1
Lavenham to Londonp. 11
Reformationp. 23
John and Adamp. 39
Youthp. 67
Turning Pointsp. 89
A Godly Magistratep. 105
The Godly Embattledp. 125
The Decision to Migratep. 147
Interlude: Christian Charityp. 173
Passing Through Hellp. 187
The Best of Them Was But an Attorneyp. 203
Relations with Englandp. 229
On the Fringep. 241
Warp. 261
Struggling to Hold the Centerp. 275
New Trials and Disappointmentsp. 301
War Clouds and Concernsp. 323
Under Attackp. 349
Last Yearsp. 371
Epiloguep. 379
Notesp. 387
Indexp. 465
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