Stamped

by

Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

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John Cotton and Richard Mather Character Analysis

John Cotton and Richard Mather were devout English Puritan ministers who moved to Massachusetts in the 1600s. They founded churches and Harvard University, where they taught that white Puritans were God’s chosen people, and that all other races were inferior. When their families intermarried, they both became Cotton Mather’s grandfathers.

John Cotton and Richard Mather Quotes in Stamped

The Stamped quotes below are all either spoken by John Cotton and Richard Mather or refer to John Cotton and Richard Mather. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers edition of Stamped published in 2020.
Chapter 2 Quotes

And just like that, the groundwork was laid not only for slavery to be justified but for it to be justified for a long, long time, simply because it was woven into the religious and educational systems of America. All that was needed to complete this oppressive puzzle was slaves.

Related Characters: Jason Reynolds (speaker), John Cotton and Richard Mather
Page Number: 17
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John Cotton and Richard Mather Character Timeline in Stamped

The timeline below shows where the character John Cotton and Richard Mather appears in Stamped. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Puritan Power
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These racist ideas came to the U.S. in the 1600s, when the Puritan ministers John Cotton and Richard Mather set sail for Massachusetts. When they arrived, they founded new churches and the first American... (full context)
Chapter 4: A Racist Wunderkind
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Back in Massachusetts, the Cotton and Mather families intermarried and had a grandson named Cotton Mather. He was extremely religious, and he... (full context)