Book Analysis Essay- William Penn by John A. Moretta
John A. 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 http://www.uh.edu/honors/about/faculty-staff/john-moretta.php, . According to Moretta, Penn produced a Founding Father image and to him Penn “shaped the American creed and ideal” (pg.xi). In my opinion, the reason John A. Moretta wrote the book was because he wanted the world to see Jr. 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 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. William Penn and the Quaker Legacy reminds people today who the man on the oatmeal container is and defines Quakerism. The actual definition of the term “Quakerism” according to dictionary.com is “ a member of the Religious Society of Friends, a Christian sect founded by George Fox about 1650, whose central belief is the doctrine of the Inner Light. Quakers reject sacrament, ritual, and formal ministry, hold meetings at which any member may speak, and have promoted many causes for social reform.” Penn helped produce the Quaker values of equality, pacifism, and acceptance of diversity to the world which then defined the greater American creed (William Penn and the Quaker Legacy). The story begins with the life of William Penn Sr., and how he was brought up and became the war hero. It then tells the story about his son, William Penn Jr., and the many trials he went through to become a Quaker and how he overcame the oppressive Puritans. Moretta’s approach of this book was to slowly draw the reader in with a little background history of...
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