They valued piety, courage, and industry. If they lacked piety, the Puritans would have also lacked the faith and trust required for them to believe they could be successful in this New World. Without courage, they might have been too scared to leave England in search of a new land where they wouldn 't have to face persecution for their beliefs. If they had not valued industry, they might not have worked hard enough to survive in the conditions they had to endure on their long journey.
A primary source is a source taken directly from that time period. For example, a book, an artifact, a letter.
The ideas constructed by the Puritans were not simply a principal starting point for American culture because they were the first in the country, but because they offered distinct ways of thinking that are still deep-seated in our culture today. Although many of the ideas of Puritans have evolved or vanished over time, it is important to give credit to the Puritan writers and thinkers such as John Winthrop and John Cotton who offered ideas that were new at the time and that stayed with the American consciousness—culturally, socially, and politically.
It gives the society something to go by. It provides them with an idea of what to tolerate, what no to. How they should govern themselves and why it’s important that they succeed. The puritans wanted a society where everyone’s main goal was to worship and focus their lives on the word of god. They wanted to become the blessed one and be the role model for how to worship god the right way. They weren’t particularly in joy of the Anglican beliefs and customs.
Puritans believed nothing was more important than education, because it would rear children properly and allow for their society to prosper and survive. ”… Puritans taught their children to read and write.” (Hollitz, Page 22) Learning to write gave children the ability to write diaries, letters, and many other writings which permitted them to express their feelings, keep notes, and learn. Reading was very important to Puritans and was heavily taught in schools, because it was “one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures.” (Hollitz, Page 22) Puritans believed that their children should learn about Christianity which led them to teach children to read in order to be able to read the Bible. Twelve year old Samuel Mather wrote a letter to his father about how he went against God and was trying to repent. (Source 3, Page 27) The letter allows the reader to see how mature children were due to having to grow up at such a young age; it also shows how skilled he was at writing. Many twelve year olds today could not be able to write a letter with such emotion and great
It was important for the New England colonies to have religious freedom. Those who did not like religious freedom were not welcome to settle there. Puritans in particular were not tolerant to those who had views other than theirs. People that wanted to reform the Anglican religious beliefs in order to purify the church were called Puritans. These puritans
The effect of this started the Migration to create Massachusetts Bay Colony I the New World. After a decade of the colonies founding, many more Puritans started to emigrate over to the colonies of New England. Being that the colonists were mostly Puritans, they wanted for the younger Puritans and the new arrivals to know how to read and write. The main reason to learn how to read was for bible study as well as how to understand the laws of the Massachusetts Colony
“ Freedom and prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged” (Ronald Reagan). The Puritans were people who left New England in search of religious freedom. They believed that the Church’s doctrine was incorrect and didn’t follow God’s intentions. This led John Winthrop ( a Puritan leader) to migrate a large quantity of Puritans to America during the 1600’s. Before they moved to America the Puritans were persecuted and weren't able to practice their beliefs in peace. There they believed that they can establish a church where they can practice their beliefs and create a strict focused way of life. The first 13 colonies was built on the basis of religious groups,one being the Puritans.The foundation of religion
The Puritans were heavy believers in their religion. They would make their children read the bible. The closest thing today to the Puritans is probably Amish. They would be obligated to pay the Rev. Parris money to just hear him speak. At one point people stopped going to church because of his niece. Puritans were Catholic religion, it's a sin to believe in astrology and mythology, but they would believe you are a witch or even a part of a cult for that matter. Catholic believe that you should only believe in one God and should not have many gods above that
For example, Puritans in New England sought to recover the original, pure and simple church of Jesus Christ and his apostles. In a “Reformed Church” individual souls could nurture a more direct relationship with God…the Puritans instead urged every believer to seek God by reading the Bible. Apparently, Puritans sought to a kind of individual connection to God by promote believers read Bible by themselves, and this emphasizes the importance of individuals in Puritans’ mind. Puritans encouraged people to discover and contemplate their own relationships to God. For example, In the speech of John Winthrop, he claimed that it is yourselves who have called us to this office, and, being called by you, we have our authority from God, in way of an ordinance. This piece of words of John Winthrop reflected that the New Englanders believed that they received the authority from God to do their own decision, and that highlighted the position of liberty in New Englanders’ opinion. Moreover, Puritans established a new religion system which can be considered as another point to enhance the liberty. The traditional bishops’ authorities were not the core of Puritans’ religion and, instead, they wanted to eliminate or reduce the authority of the bishops by increasing the authority of local congregation. Puritans liberated themselves from the rigid church system, and promoted Congregational Church which was ran by the Puritans their own and invested the democracy idea which can be reflected by their meeting and voting behavior. Puritans combined the democracy and religion successfully so that liberated people’s idea and improved the individuals’ right in the participation of
In document E (John Cotton, “Limitation of Government”), the author says that the power of the government should be limited, and that God should have the ultimate power, not men. This reinforces the idea that puritans followed biblical law and based their society on religious ideas because the author of the document even states that religious figures should limit their authority and only do things that will benefit the people. Additionally, in document D (William Bradford), it’s shown that the puritans are not very tolerant of others. The document was written after the colonists attacked a Pequot river village during the Pequot war. The document’s intended audience is to the puritans of Connecticut, who were at war with the Pequot Indians. Written from the point of view of a Connecticut puritan who was participating in the Pequot war, its purpose is to inspire faith and provide a sense of victory to puritans. It tells them that the burning of the Indian’s village was a victory and sweet sacrifice because the Pequot’s weren’t Christians. This shows that the puritans had a strict society and didn 't tolerate outsiders because they considered the slaughter of Indians a victory. Puritans were intolerant of everyone who didn’t follow their own religion, and even banished one of their own. Anne Hutchinson had simply been interpreting the bible
The puritan belief system didn’t start in America, but it sure was able to flourish in ways that it was not able to in Europe. The new land allowed for the people to come up with different ways to practice their beliefs. One common belief that was held to be true in this society was the unwavering duty to go to the weekly church services that were held every Sunday. If you didn’t make these services, then you were to be punished for not doing so. This was very extreme and cruel and shouldn’t have been a law, but this new world order allowed for this to happen without any sort of regulation.
Puritans believed humans to be inherently evil, needing to work to earn God’s grace. The only way to do this was to make a person’s life completely centered around God, devoid of any corruption or worldliness. This was the reason for their move to America. Unsurprisingly, this train of thought also made its way into their writing, which has a style known as Puritan Plain Style. However, this way of thinking was not welcomed by the Church of England, leading them to move to the American colonies. The project displays this particular facet of their history. At the time, British colonization was accomplished primarily through joint-stock companies, which financed potential colonists in return for the treasures and goods of the Americas. This
A primary source is anything that existed at the time that is being researched. Primary sources help us understand the past because they show us the view point of a person who was there. Using this type of source can also show you the thoughts and feelings of someone at the time being researched. Three examples of primary sources are diaries, photographs, and autobiographies. Diaries are a good example because they were written by a person experiencing something at the time being researched. Photographs were taken at the scene, which means that they are a primary source because they are evidence of something that happened that was created at the time. An autobiography is an account of someone 's life, written by the person it is about. Because it was written by the person it is about, it means that it was written before the person died, making it a primary source. Primary sources are often incomplete or biased, as are secondary
The record of historical events reflects the social, political, personal, or economical point of view of the person who wrote the source. Any account of an event, no matter how impartially presented it appears to be, is essential. Primary sources are first-hand descriptions of an event and are usually created during the time that event took place. They can also be created at another time by a contributor in those events. They are original documents and can also be creative works. For example, speeches, diaries, works of art, interviews, and documented observations. Secondary sources are written by observers or scholars, after the fact, and interpret or analyze primary sources or events. For example, encyclopedias, journal articles that analyze