John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise by Marc Aronson

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This carefully researched and insightful account by Sibert medalist Marc Aronson focuses on the intertwined lives of John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Puritan Commonwealth in England. Set against a broad canvas of the turmoil that engulfed Britain in the 17th century, the book examines the clashes of the monarchy and the church with Parliament, which led these two powerful men to take opposite courses. Here is a panoramic view of the period, from elaborate masques to the trial of a heretic, from wars fought against Indians to dramatic battles led by cavalry, from the toppling of a king to the search for the ideal society.
Packed with literary allusions, vivid descriptions of significant events, and a cast of memorable figures, this sweeping account picks up where the highly acclaimed Sir Walter Ralegh leaves off, providing another riveting look at British and early American history. Cast of characters, maps, endnotes and bibliography, Internet resources, timeline, index.

About Marc Aronson

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Marc Aronson is the award-winning author of a wide variety of nonfiction works for younger readers, including Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, which received the first Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award. He edits and publishes young adult fiction in a special arrangement with Candlewick and lives with his wife and two sons in Maplewood, New Jersey. For more information visit
Published June 22, 2004 by Clarion Books. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference.

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In the 17th century, Protestant zealots became leaders in England and New England, determined to lead the forces of God against the Antichrist.

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for instance, he compares the British takeover of Native land to ""a family secret no one wants to discuss but everyone knows is there,"" and links Winthrop's vision of America as a ""Land of Promise"" with that of Martin Luther King Jr.'s ideal of ""the Promised Land.""

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