John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - 478 halaman
John Winthrop's effort to create a Puritan "City on a Hill" has had a lasting effect on American values, and many remember this phrase famously quoted by the late Ronald Reagan. However, most know very little about the first American to speak these words. In John Winthrop, Francis J. Bremer draws on over a decade of research in England, Ireland, and the United States to offer a superb biography of the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, one rooted in a detailed understanding of his first forty years in England. Indeed, Bremer provides an extensive, path-breaking treatment of Winthrop's family background, youthful development, and English career. His dissatisfaction with the decline of the "godly kingdom of the Stour Valley" in which he had been raised led him on his errand to rebuild such a society in a New England. In America, Winthrop would use the skills he had developed in England as he struggled with challenges from Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson, among others, and defended the colony from English interference. We also see the personal side of Winthrop--the doubts and concerns of the spiritual pilgrim, his everyday labors and pleasures, his feelings for family and friends. And Bremer also sheds much light on important historical moments in England and America, such as the Reformation and the rise of Puritanism, the rise of the middling class, the colonization movement, and colonial relations with Native Americans.
Incorporating previously unexplored archival materials from both sides of the Atlantic, here is the definitive portrait of one of the giants of our history.

John Winthrop recevied an honorable Mention, The Colonial Dames of America Book Award.
 

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Acknowledgments and Thanks
ix
Introduction
xv
Prologue
1
Heritage
9
Lavenham to London
11
Reformation
23
John and Adam
39
Struggle
65
Errand
185
Passing Through Hell
187
The Best of Them Was But an Attorney
203
Relations with England
229
On the Fringe
241
War
261
Struggling to Hold the Center
275
New Trials and Disappointments
301

Youth
67
Turning Points
89
A Godly Magistrate
105
The Godly Embattled
125
The Decision to Migrate
147
Intertude
171
Christian Charity
173
War Clouds and Concerns
323
Under Attack
349
Last Years
371
Epilogue
379
Notes
387
Index
465
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Francis J. Bremer is Professor of History at Millersville University and Editor of the Winthrop Papers for the Massachusetts Historical Society. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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