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This book recreates the lost world of 17th-century Charlestown and the lives and work of the first three generations of its townspeople. By using a variety of surviving records, Thompson presents a colorful history of the town’s settlement and governance, its relationship with the land and sea, the church, local crime and violence, the role of women, and ultimately its involvement in the Glorious Revolution.
So much more than a dry chronicle of names and events from a typical early town history, this is a fascinating view of the layered relationships between and among individuals and their fledgling society. . . From Deference to Defiance: Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1629-1692 is a superb book deserving a wide readership.
—National Genealogical Society Quarterly
By Roger Thompson
Published: January 2012