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Primary Texts and Works by PHB Advisory Board Members and a Trustee

Click here to find official texts from the Charter to the Body of Liberties, personal memoirs and correspondence, essays and rhetoric, lists and rosters.  These texts are courtesy of The Winthrop Society, our major donor. 

The reading list of books by our advisory board members will be amended over time.  Do check back for new works.


A Short History of Boston 

Bob Allison brings Boston history alive from the Puritan theocracy of the seventeenth century to the Big Dig of the twenty-first.  His book includes illustrations, a chronology of Boston history, and twenty short profiles of exceptional Bostonians including first Governor John Winthrop to and heretic Anne Hutchinson.


John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father 

The preeminent figure of early New England, John Winthrop was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. More than anyone else, he shaped the culture of New England and his effort to create a Puritan "City on a Hill" has had a lasting effect on American values.


Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction 

This book traces the shaping, triumph, and decline of the Puritan world, while also examining the role of religion in the shaping of American society and the role of the Puritan legacy in American history.


American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans 

In 1637, Anne Hutchinson, a forty-six-year-old midwife who was pregnant with her sixteenth child, stood charged with heresy and sedition before forty male judges of the Massachusetts General Court.   When women could not vote, hold public office, or teach outside the home, the charismatic Hutchinson wielded remarkable political power.


Salem Witch Judge: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall 

In 1692 Puritan Samuel Sewall sent twenty people to their deaths on trumped-up witchcraft charges. The trials might have doomed Sewall to infamy except for a courageous act of contrition now commemorated in a mural that hangs beneath the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House picturing Sewall's public repentance. He was the only Salem witch judge to make amends.

Boston: A History & Celebration
The history of Boston, Lincolnshire, from medieval times to the twentieth century comes to life in this book illustrated with rare photographs.

Boston: A Pictorial History