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To me, the most astonishing thing about William Penn is how little time Penn actually spent in the New World. It is an interesting, well-written, and eye-opening story.

To me, the most astonishing thing about William Penn is how little time Penn actually spent in the New World. Penn's writings and speeches are thoughtful, interesting and important, yet who knew that a large percentage of his time was spent in jail in the British Isles, not safely tucked in Philadelphia? This would be a very good book for a reading group.

John Moretta’s book William Penn and the Quaker Legacy is an excellent read for anyone interested in not only William Penn, but also the United States and pre-Glorious . Library of American Biography (1 - 10 of 64 books). Books by John Moretta.

John Moretta’s book William Penn and the Quaker Legacy is an excellent read for anyone interested in not only William Penn, but also the United States and pre-Glorious Revolution England. Moretta not only brought Penn to life, but he also laid out the groundwork of what Quakerism is about. He does an excellent job of explaining what Quakers believe and also what attracted so many, including an elite like Penn, to seek the inner light.

Part of the Library of American Biography Series). As the leader of one of the most progressive religious sects to emerge from England, William Penn envisioned Pennsylvania as an example of how a God-inspired society could succeed in the wilderness of North America.

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John A. Moretta, a history teacher at the University of Houston, wrote the book William Penn and the Quaker Legacy which . William Penn as the Quaker Legend that he still is today and to show a more in-depth biography of the story of William Penn. Moretta, a history teacher at the University of Houston, wrote the book William Penn and the Quaker Legacy which was a biography that told the tale of William Penn but reminded its readers that Penn was a legend and hero according to. //www. Moretta wanted to write the book too because he wanted to talk about this historical individual who made an impact on his personal life. He was qualified to write the book because of his experience as a degreed history instructor.

im doin a book report on william penn and the quaker legacy by john moretta. I have to discuss the major developments of penns life. How did he change and how did his childhood and personal relationships impact the rest of his life? and wat flashbacks did he use in the book if youve read it? what is morreta's thesis and how well does he prove it? any info you have on william penn will help. William Penn and the Quaker Legacy book? im doin a book report on william penn and the quaker legacy by john moretta. I have to discuss the major developments of penns life

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William Penn, English Quaker leader and advocate of religious freedom . He published 42 books and pamphlets in the seven years immediately following his conversion.

William Penn, English Quaker leader and advocate of religious freedom, who oversaw the founding of the American Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a refuge for Quakers and other religious minorities of Europe. Learn more about Penn’s life and significance in this article. What is William Penn best known for? William Penn was an English Quaker leader and advocate of religious freedom who oversaw the founding of Pennsylvania as a refuge for Quakers and other religious minorities of Europe.

PENN, William, founder of Pennsylvania, b. in London, England, 14 Oc. 1644; d. in Ruscombe, Berkshire, 30 July, 1718. He was descended from an ancient family that had lived in Buckinghamshire for many generations

PENN, William, founder of Pennsylvania, b. He was descended from an ancient family that had lived in Buckinghamshire for many generations. A branch settled in Wiltshire, near Minety, and from this was descended Admiral William Penn, the father of the founder, who was born in Bristol in 1621.

As the leader of one of the most progressive religious sects to emerge from England, William Penn envisioned Pennsylvania as an example of how a God-inspired society could succeed in the wilderness of North America.

However, once in the New World, Quakers pursued both wealth and power, suggesting that even the most devout could not resist the temptations of the New World.Despite the moral struggle, Pennsylvania succeeded beyond anyone’s imagination. By Penn’s death in 1718, Pennsylvania was well on its way to becoming the most commercially successful colonial enterprise in English history.

The titles in the Library of American Biography Series make ideal supplements for American History Survey courses or other courses in American history where figures in history are explored. Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each interpretative biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. At the same time, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.


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Altad
If you have lived in the Philadelphia region (like me) you have heard William Penn's name often. All kinds of towns and landmarks and roads and schools have his name. His statue is on the top of City Hall at Broad and Market in the middle of town, the most famous man on top of the most famous building in Philly. But I didn't know very much about him. And now that I've read this book it seems to make sense that he was basically an absentee father. He had faith, he cared deeply, he planned and worked hard, but he didn't stay. 2 years to start things, then 15 away, then 2 years back and then gone for good. Yes he was home in England fighting for his colony. And it really was his on paper, but like a parent away, his kids stopped listening and made their own way for better and worse.

This apparently is or was a required reading book for someone's college course. It reads like a school type politically correct version covering the Quaker religion. Respectful, detached in descriptions and subtly condescending. I only know slightly more about Quakers than before. Like other secular biographies covering people of faith, it sticks to the person and the church politics. So why did they quake? Did they stop quaking? Sounds like they identified as true Christians but most didn't believe Jesus was God. More like Universalists maybe. But they had a religious "experience" or convincement that sounds like the Holy Spirit of New Testament times. Hmmm.

More questions: Why does the U of Penn Quaker mascot look like a shipmate in blue and red and not like the stereotypical Quaker Oats Man? And why did a 25 year old well to do English Quaker girl (Penn's 2nd wife) marry a 52 year dude that basically looked like the Quaker Oats Man?

Anyway yes I would recommend this book. It might be the best Penn bio available. William Penn changed America and I don't think that it was inevitable - he really did pave the way for religious liberty and other American values we take for granted. I also agree with the author's assessment that he should have stuck around longer. He could have been our Ben Franklin.
Bluecliff
Yes. Read this book.

William Penn was a much more interesting and complex person than you might suspect. Who knew that he was not the easy-going, genial guy on the Quaker Oats box? Who knew Pennsylvania was not the Peaceable Kingdom we have been taught?

To me, the most astonishing thing about William Penn is how little time Penn actually spent in the New World. Penn's writings and speeches are thoughtful, interesting and important, yet who knew that a large percentage of his time was spent in jail in the British Isles, not safely tucked in Philadelphia?

This would be a very good book for a reading group. It is an interesting, well-written, and eye-opening story. The Library of American Biography edition has a very good study guide with thought-provoking discussion questions at the end.

Kim Burdick
Stanton, Delaware
Zeus Wooden
I had to read this book for a college history class. Honestly, I never would have read it of my own free will, but it was informative about the life of William Penn, Jr. However, the author is very repetitive (it seems like there are certain words and phrases that he thought were so clever he continues using them over and over....and over). Also, I found it very difficult to sympathize with Penn - he's portrayed as very arrogant and obnoxious by the author. Granted, my knowledge of Penn up until reading this book was extremely elementary (i.e. he founded Philadelphia and was a Quaker), so maybe that's just how Penn really was. Fortunately, it's a pretty easy read to the point that younger children wouldn't have a problem comprehending it.
Aria
As a Christian pastor born, raised and presently serving in Pennsylvania, I was greatly interested in reading why may be the best biography of Penn presently available. To some degree, the spiritual DNA of our state seems to have been established in the first 20 years of the founding of Philadelphia.

I agree with other reviewers that the writing is college-level, but it is still readable for most all.

Moretta does a great job getting past the iconic, and portrays well Penn's inner and interpersonal struggles as well as his shortcomings as a businessman, a family man, a theologian, and a new world visionary.

I also agree with a previous reviewer that the editing could have been better. I was particularly struck by the [sic] on page 18 after the quoted word, "Berean." It showed me that either virtually no one who previewed this book knew very much about the Bible, or assumed virtually none of the readers did. This, then caused me to distrust some of the spiritual/doctrinal analysis throughout the rest of the book. A footnote would have been so much better.

I appreciated the analysis of most of Penn's writings, but some short tracts got much more attention from Moretta than a treatment of Penn's 600 page, "No Cross, No Crown." It not only would have been helpful to have more than a one-page treatment of its contents, but it would have been helpful to have used it as a measuring device for Penn's fidelity to it over his lifetime, as well as to contrast later statement/writings to it.

Still a great bio, and I highly recommend it.
BroWelm
A most fascinating read. Mint condition
Vozuru
This is a good read that helped deepen my understanding of religious liberty, rule of law, and the many traditions of America. This man (William Penn) was a truly amazing person.
Renthadral
I had to buy it and read it for a history class that I took. Although the content wasn't that interesting to me it the book arrived in good condition. I didn't expect anything more than that.
Read it! Penn's life was amazing and would make a great movie. You learn a lot about early Quakerism in England and the US colonies, the founding of Pennsylvania, and daily life/political struggles in the US colonies. Penn straddled two worlds, that of the early Quaker movement and that of
English royalty and aristocracy.
William Penn and the Quaker Legacy (Library of American Biography Series) download epub
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Author: John Moretta
ISBN: 0321163923
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (December 31, 2006)
Pages: 288 pages