First Founders: American Puritans and Puritanism in an Atlantic World [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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First Founders: American Puritans and Puritanism in an Atlantic World

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Overview

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.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611682588
  • Publisher: University of New Hampshire Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Series: New England in the World
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 733,951
  • File size: 3 MB

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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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
John Winthrop and the Struggle to Lead a Godly Life
John Endecott: Godly Magistrate
John Wilson: Puritan Pastor
Thomas Dudley and Thomas Shepard: Hammers of Heretics
Four Dissenting Women: Anne Hutchinson, Mary Dyer, Lady Deborah Moody, and Anne Eaton
The Troubled Keaynes
Stephen Winthrop: Soldier of the Lord
Hugh Peter: Regicide
John Davenport and the Middle Advent
Samuel Winthrop: From Puritan to Quaker
John Sassamon: A Puritan between Two Cultures
John Leverett: Defending the Ways of the Fathers
Anne Bradstreet: Puritan Wife and Mother
Samuel Sewall: The Conscience of a Puritan
Conclusion: Civil Society and the Godly Kingdom
Sources and Further Readings
Index

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