Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 March 2005

512 Pages | 18 halftones, 2 maps

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195179811

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John Winthrop

America's Forgotten Founding Father

Francis J. Bremer

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.

Here, Francis J. Bremer draws on over a decade of research to offer a superb biography of Winthrop, who, more than anyone else shaped the culture of early New England. Bremer provides a path-breaking treatment of the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony'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. We see the personal side of Winthrop--the doubts and concerns of the spiritual pilgrim and his everyday labors and pleasures. Bremer also sheds much light on important historical moments in England and America, such as the Reformation and the rise of Puritanism, and colonial relations with Native Americans.