The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop

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Talman Company, Jan 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Review: The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop (Library of American Biography)

User Review  - Melanie - Goodreads

Easy to read, and helpful in elucidating the historical and theological landscape of the Puritans. My longstanding (if unaddressed) puzzlement about how my old campus minister adamantly insisted that ... Read full review

Review: The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop (Library of American Biography)

User Review  - Debra - Goodreads

A must read in history classes for decades, one of Morgan's most famous works stands the test of time. Even today no one can come close to Morgan for his use and interpretation of primary sources. Read full review


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Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Edmund Morgan spent most of his youth in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was educated at the Belmont Hill School, Harvard, and the London School of Economics. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1942 and three years later began his teaching career at the University of Chicago.From there he moved first to Brown University and then to Yale, where he became Sterling Professor in 1965 and emeritus in 1986. Morgan's historical writings greatly enhance our understanding of such complex aspects of the American experience as Puritanism, the Revolution, and the relationship between slavery and racism. At the same time, they captivate readers in the classroom and beyond. His work is a felicitous blend of rigorous scholarship, imaginative analysis, and graceful presentation. Although sometimes characterized as the quintessential Whig historian, in reality Morgan transcends simplistic categorization and has done more, perhaps, than any other historian to open new and creative paths of inquiry into the meaning of the early American experience.

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