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Massachusetts Bay Colony Sold Into Slavery
1,069 wordsThe American colonists came from a variety of backgrounds. There were the English, who were running away from religious persecution, the Dutch, who reputedly bought Manhattan for a string of beads. The French Huguenots, who were Protestants fleeing from prosecution in a Catholic country. The Quakers, fleeing from harrassment's of the Anglican establishment, the church of England, and Germans from innumerable principalities, fleeing military draft and the various exactions of the petty princes. A...
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Puritanism And The Salem Witch Trials
819 wordsPuritanism refers to the movement of reform, which occurred within the Church of England. It began at the time of the Elizabethan settlement of 1559 and ended at the end of the Rump Parliament with the ascension of Charles II to the British throne in 1660. The American Puritans clearly understood that God's word applies to all of life. Their exemplary lives and faith, contrary to popular myths, are a highpoint of Christian thinking. Puritan legal history specifies some of their loyalties and com...
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Massachusetts Bay Colony Theory Of Motivation
2,714 wordsOne of the most hazardous tasks a historian tackles is determining what motivated the actions of a past society. Even for a present-day society, this task is fraught with perils. Are a society's motivations the sum of its adult participants? Do we give special weight to the goals of its leaders? Should we regard the society's stated goals as accurate communications of motivation, discard them as intentionally deceptive, or dissect those statements as indications of deeper desires that are too pa...
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Jamestown Colony Versus Plymouth
2,478 wordsJamestown Colony Versus Plymouth Colony Early English colonists arriving along the northern coast of the New World in the early 17 th century faced certain similar circumstances in their new land. For many, there were like motives for immigrating to America. Yet, the differences were enough to create characteristically different cultures in Jamestown and New England, in the Mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay region. The slave trade, geographic considerations, economic conditions, Native-American re...
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Salem Witch Trials Massachusetts Bay Colony
2,096 wordsSalem Witch Trials There is a hint of winter in the air. Dead leaves cover the ground. The wind whistles through bare tree branches. The moon shines with an unnatural brightness amid dark clouds. Soon it will be Halloween -- the annual holiday when sidewalks and streets fill with small (and not so small) goblins, ghosts, and witches. Witches are often figures of fantasy and imagination today. But there was a time in this country's history when witches and their craft were seen as real threats to...
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Massachusetts Bay Colony Good People
543 wordsA religious fanatic is someone who takes his or her religion to the extreme, letting it control everything in his or her day to day life. The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony are a prime example of this extremist view of religion. They had com plete religion based lives including the laws that they wrote, the way they treated outspoken women, and the way they treated people of other religions. The Puritans, for the most part, were good people, they just went way too far when it came to t...
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Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale Massachusetts Bay Colony
5,135 wordsChapter 1: Hester Prynne has committed adultery. Two years ago her husband in Europe sent her on ahead to America while he settled some business affairs. Alone in the small town of Boston, Hester has shocked and angered her neighbors by secretly taking a lover and bringing forth a girl child. The Puritans of Boston are shocked that she has done this thing. They are angry because she will not reveal the name of the father of the child. Although the usual penalty for adultery is death, the Puritan...
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