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Freedom Seeker: A Story about William Penn

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Freedom Seeker: A Story about William Penn

by Gwenyth Swain


Quick Overview

Highly fictionalized portrayal of Penn's life from his childhood in London and his early exposure to the Quaker faith to his rise in prominence within the religion and his founding of Pennsylvania. Swain makes little attempt to document thoughts and quotes attributed to Penn or other individuals. She describes emotions that are believable, but not necessarily verifiable. "When William refused to remove his hat to honor his father, Sir William cried out. Hadn't he raised his son better than this? When William used the more familiar term thou when talking to his father, Sir William despaired. Such bad manners!"


The son of a wealthy, respected admiral, William Penn did what was forbidden in seventeenth-century England--he openly practiced the Quaker religion. Penn dreamed of a place with freedom of religion. He asked for land in the New World and was given a colony called Pennsylvania. His success in establishing a new and just government there later became the blueprint for thirteen newly independent colonies. Size 0.25" H x 8.46" L x 6.02" W, 64 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780876149317
Author Gwenyth Swain
Age Group 8-12
Book Type paperback

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