brilliant was William Penn’s American legacy that Thomas Jefferson,
writer of the Declaration of Independence, called him, “the greatest
lawgiver the world has produced.” And brilliant he was...not only
because Penn’s Charter of Privileges provided the framework for
the United States Government but also because of the underlying
freedom it provided all people. In fact, our twenty-eighth president,
Woodrow Wilson, was so convinced of William Penn’s contributions
to America’s foundation that he said, “America did not come out
of New England.”
The end of the author’s introduction to the book reads, “...I began
my discovery of the person of William Penn and his enduring contribution
to the New World. This book chronicles many detailed events and
written records of William Penn’s life and heart, but only as they
relate to the vital role he played in the first hundred years of
America’s history and government. It also accounts for the subsequent
events after his death that forced into dormancy the seed he carried.
These events shaped our nation long before the American Revolution
and long before men like Washington, Jefferson and Franklin took
their place in our minds as the founding fathers of freedom.”
The author is a pastor, evident in his closing chapters where he
has numerous biblical passages quoted and how they relate to both
William Penn and contemporary life.
Paperback, 2005, illustrations, 272 pages, $18.00.