The Quakers Controversy

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As colonists were settling into the New World, it didn’t take long for religion to follow them. The Quakers, or the members of The Society of Friends, is a Christian movement that was founded by George Fox around 1650 in which they believed that God spoke directly to each one of them through an “inner light” and that people didn’t need a preacher or a Bible to discover God’s holy word. What made this religion bring controversy was that Puritans believed that Quakers brought an unimaginable threat to society like having woman be in leading roles in the Quaker meeting in which orthodox Puritans thought was to be unholy like to believe in. this brought about the many mistreating of Quakers by the hands of the Puritans that led the Quakers to look…show more content…
Thomas explains how Penn envisioned the colony to be “according to Quaker principles” (27) and the frame of government “provided for complete religious freedom and did not include government support for any church, including Quakerism” (28). In addition, Penn sought to bring the principles of peace and fair dealing with the natives in which were treated equally and with respect which resulted in no warfare with the natives compared to how hostile they were compared to other colonies. In order for Pennsylvania to make money, Penn tried to make land available on easy terms and encouraged the migration of families to the colony. This caused the migration of 3,000 more Friends to arrive from England and other immigrants to work as indentured servants and if competed their terms, they would also receive land to claim. According to Hamm, Pennsylvania was a success because of the “combination of relatively fertile soil and thrifty, hardworking farmers made it a land of plenty” (28). Also helping was the success of the excellent ports in Philadelphia provided easy contact with the rest of the world and grain from the farms in their counties. So by 1700, the population was at around twenty thousand with the majority of them were not even Quakers
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