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The Journal of John Winthrop, 1630-1649 (The John Harvard Library) Hardcover – December 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0674484252 ISBN-10: 0674484258

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  • Series: The John Harvard Library (Book 19)
  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674484258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674484252
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.3 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,584,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Until the Revolution with its stellar collection of 'Founding Fathers' [John] Winthrop was the only public figure who left his mark on the way his society developed in his own time and for long after. He preserved many letters and papers to document his achievement--he was not bashful about it--and the most important by far was his journal...The new edition [of the journal] will stand as a model of editorial scholarship...[and] is worth reading simply for the sense it conveys of what it took just to stay alive in seventeenth-century Massachusetts...[Winthrop and the Massachusetts Bay colonists] carried out a revolution, rendered bloodless only be the three thousand miles of ocean that separated them from the government they would otherwise have had to overthrow in order to do what they did. In Massachusetts they created what amounted to a republic, substituting annually elected rulers for an hereditary monarchy and independent self-starting churches for the whole hierarchical structure of the Church of England...John Winthrop surely was the wisest, if not the best, public man in early Massachusetts. He guided a whole society in a truly revolutionary reform...With the exception of Jefferson, the men whom Americans recognize as great seam to have pursued and accomplished radical ends by conservative means. Winthrop was the first. (Edmund S. Morgan New York Review of Books)

Of all the literature produced in the first century of New England, no work has had a more lasting influence than the journal of John Winthrop...Richard Dunn and Laetitia Yeandle have done a superb job of deciphering Winthrop's almost indecipherable script, and taken in their entirety, their copious annotations tell a fascinating history of the first two decades of colonial life in Massachusetts. (Roger Lundin Books and Culture)

The single most valuable document of the settlement years, an inner account of the first Puritan generation by its great leader, and a vivid testimony of faith, struggle, and achievement, John Winthrop's journal is now published in a new, scholarly edition, with the text based on a fresh transcription from the surviving manuscripts. It is a splendid edition, the product of many years of collaboration between an expert paleographer and one of the nation's leading historians. (Bernard Bailyn)

[W]e should greet the release of a major early American text with enthusiasm. Richard S. Dunn and Laetitia Yeandle have published a splendid new edition of John Winthrop's 'Journal,' an account of the founding of New England written between 1630 and 1649. Such works are expressions of a shared national heritage...This edition, from Harvard University Press, is as definitive as projects of this sort are ever likely to be. (Timothy H. Breen New York Times Book Review)

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The single most valuable document of the settlement years, an inner account of the first Puritan generation by its great leader, and a vivid testimony of faith, struggle, and achievement, John Winthrop's journal is now published in a new, scholarly edition, with the text based on a fresh transcription from the surviving manuscripts. It is a splendid edition, the product of many years of collaboration between an expert paleographer and one of the nation's leading historians. (Bernard Bailyn) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Richard Dunn's long-awaited scholarly edition of John Winthrop's journal was well worth the wait. He presents a text as close to the original as it is now possible to come, with clear editorial method, solid supporting notes and a helpful introduction. The only legitimate complaint is that the index could be more comprehensive. This is, and will doubtless long remain, the only entirely recommendable edition of the Winthrop journal, one of the great early American sources.

Please note: THIS REVIEW refers to the full, UNabridged hardcover edition, not the paperback student abridgement: the hardcover is the only version truly useful for scholarly purposes. The abridgement is useful for college classes, and is well-done, but any true student of colonial New England must acquire the full version. (The abridgment does, oddly, have an index that is sometimes superior, however.)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert James on July 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A classic American text, long out of print; if it weren't for the curse word "abridged," deserving of a perfect 5. The Puritans' first twenty-plus years are nowhere better served than in this rational, calm man who spent the better part of his life trying to steer a course between fanaticism and worldly involvement. Anybody who wants to understand how mainstream American culture began needs to acquaint themselves with this seminal work -- if you can handle the omissions.
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By Charles Hardy on September 1, 2013
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Wanted more on the trade between Boston and Pemaquid ME, but it is an abridged edition, after all. Realized I read the book years ago. Book came from CA in perfect condition.
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