First Founders: American Puritans and Puritanism in an Atlantic World

First Founders: American Puritans and Puritanism in an Atlantic World

by Francis J. Bremer
     
 

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Francis J. Bremer has spent his entire career broadening our understanding of America’s colonial founders. Now, in this eminently readable collection of biographies, Bremer brings us a surprisingly varied and dynamic group of characters who continue to guide and influence America today. With its cast of magistrates, women, clergy, merchants, and Native

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Francis J. Bremer has spent his entire career broadening our understanding of America’s colonial founders. Now, in this eminently readable collection of biographies, Bremer brings us a surprisingly varied and dynamic group of characters who continue to guide and influence America today. With its cast of magistrates, women, clergy, merchants, and Native Americans, First Founders underscores the breadth of early American experience and the profound transatlantic roots of our country’s forebears. Bremer succeeds in bringing little-known figures out of the shadows, while allowing us to appreciate better known figures in an entirely new light.

This is a truly fascinating look at the Puritans with keenly drawn portraits and the insight that only a lifetime of scholarship can achieve. It should become the standard introduction to the field. Written in the mold of Joseph Ellis’s Founding Brothers and Gordon Wood’s Revolutionary Characters, the book will appeal to general readers, students, and scholars alike.

Editorial Reviews

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“[Bremer] takes a biographical approach to detail how Puritans’ ideas and values ultimately contributed to the forming of our American government and institutions. . . .He effectively presents the distinct and evolving Puritan views and elaborates on how they influenced American life. . . . Bremer’s work will appeal to the thoughtful reader with an interest in exploring the roots of our country’s founding credos through these accessible biographies.”—Library Journal

“The work offers an important contribution in acquainting readers unfamiliar with the 17th-century Atlantic world with Puritanism and its history in North America. . . .Recommended.”—Choice

“A Puritan authority goes behind the dour faces and stiff collars to find that 17th-century New England was a surprisingly varied and dynamic place.”—American History Magazine

“Reading this book makes it clear that the Puritan roots of America in New England are still influencing our culture today. This legacy, Bremer claims, ‘remains the reason to get beyond stereotypes and understand the reason to get beyond stereotypes and understand these men and women as they truly were.’”—Maine Antique Digest

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584659594
Publisher:
University of New Hampshire Press
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Series:
New England in the World
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Carol Berkin
“First Founders brings the colonial Puritan world alive in all its complexity through these sensitive and insightful biographies of those who hoped to create a godly society in a new world. Bremer’s mastery of the subject shines through in his new interpretations of familiar figures like John Winthrop and Anne Bradstreet, but readers will also be fascinated by the lives and passions of the ordinary men and women he introduces. This is history at its best.”
Walter Woodward
“This book is the kind of accomplishment it takes a career to be able to achieve. While First Founders is at once an eminently readable study of people whose lives demonstrate the richness and diversity of Puritan thought, it is much more. Bremer unpacks complex theology and intricate historical situations through stories that are so interesting, the depth of knowledge he conveys seems effortless. Only a master of the field and of his craft could tell such stories so well.”

Meet the Author

FRANCIS J. BREMER is emeritus professor of history at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. A leading authority on Puritanism, he is the author of numerous books, including The Puritan Experiment and the award-winning biography John Winthrop: America’s Forgotten Founding Father.

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