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Winthrop’s Boston

Portrait of a Puritan Town, 1630–1649

Darrett Rutman

Copyright 1965
University of North Carolina Press



Rutman tells his story well and with a full command of the sources. . . . A provacative, well-informed, and thoughtful book.

--American Historical Review

A brilliant, penetrating study showing the transformation of an ideal puritan society into a pragmatic, commercial, modern commonwealth.


This is a scholarly work and a fascinating one for any reader interested in the origins of an area which has exerted a profound influence on the history of this Nation.

--San Francisco Examiner