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John Winthrop by Francis J. Bremer
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Jun 06, 10

bookshelves: biography, teachco_before1776, history, us-history
Read in June, 2010

Bremer does a good job of explaining how John Winthrop helped shape colonial Massachusetts civil and religious authority, as well as how Winthrop's ideas grew out of 16th century English and puritan practices. The first few chapters provide background on Winthrop's English ancestors and -- since everyone seems to be named Adam, John, or William -- are somewhat confusing if you're reading just a few pages at a time. Once Bremer moves on to Winthrop's life things are a bit easier to follow. However Bremer doesn't proceed in strict chronological order, so some events are mentioned multiple times and remembering which event happened first takes some effort.
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