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The Puritan Dilemma by Edmund S. Morgan
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The Puritan Dilemma (1958)

by Edmund S. Morgan

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Describes the dichotomy of religious liberty yet the desire for a legislated religious society.
1 vote LeviDeatrick | Oct 6, 2016 |
Interesting account of Winthrop's life. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Oct 3, 2011 |
I came away with a great appreciation for John Winthrop as, of all things, an effective moderate political leader. I now want to dig deeper into his life to see if that view holds. I'm also intrigued by the approach and style of the author (Edmund S. Morgan), and the larger series this book is a part of (Library of American Biography).
1 vote bohannon | Jan 3, 2011 |
As a researcher, this book offers the best picture window I have seen in a long time into the world in which I have been wandering for the past few years. Cloth merchants, opportunities occasioned by the misfortunes of others, the inequities between the first son and all of the other children in families at this time as well as the motivations and hesitancies of those people who crossed the ocean to almost certain death sooner or later (but usually sooner) are all laid out here for our inspection. Very readable, taking you inside their home where you can feel the weight of life and world-changing choices that need to be made as well as the personal joys and disappointments of everyday family life in any age. ( )
  PhyllisHarrison | Dec 23, 2010 |
Interesting as, on the whole, a sympathetic view of John Winthrop, even on issues where others tend to be critical, notably his
treatment of Anne Hutchinson, who comes across as irresponsibly egotistical. ( )
  antiquary | Aug 27, 2008 |
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When Henry VIII turned his back on the Pope, dissolved the monasteries, and confiscated their property, many Englishmen rejoiced.
When Henry VIII turned his back on the Pope, dissolved the monasteries, and confiscated their property, many Englishmen rejoiced. Their country could now join in the Protestant Reformation and gain a purer church. Adam Winthrop, a London cloth merchant with ready cash, was pleased for a simpler reason: he was able to buy part of the confiscated monastery at Bury St. Edmunds, in Suffolk.
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John Winthrop's family life and how he came to the American continent
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In 1630, along with hundreds of other settlers, John Winthrop left England for the New World. Because of his ardent Puritan beliefs and natural talent for government and politics, he was appointed governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony. He became the foremost political leader in the colony for nearly 20 years, including twelve nonconsecutive terms as governor. When Winthrop and these new settlers arrived in the New World, they were aiming to create their own utopia, but they encountered difficulty and dissent.

In The Puritan Dilemma: John Winthrop, biographer Edmund Morgan helps us understand the motivations behind Puritan migration to America and the ideological and political difficulties they faced once they arrived. What does freedom mean? What is the proper role of the individual in society? Alongside the unfolding drama of a developing country, Morgan explores the life of John Winthrop and the core question of what level of responsibility people owe to their community and society.

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