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.
Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 25 mm
"[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"
"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"
"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"