In the story "John Adams and the Coming of the Revolution”, author David McCullough discusses how John Adams was asked to defend the British soldiers in court of the soldier’s accusation of man slaughter, following the Boston Massacre. Being such a problematic case that could ruin his reputation, John Adams accepted to defend the soldiers because of his experience in difficult cases, and his strong principles and beliefs. John Adam’s reputation did not even tarnish because of how skillfully he handled the case gaining the respect of the people of Boston.
Colonial life in America was a time of many victories and failings. It was a learning experience for the people of the time. In a A People’s History of the United States and A Patriot’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn and Larry Schweikart tell contrasting stories of the issues of colonial life.
Religion was a very important aspect of everyday life, and majority the travelers to the new world had strong beliefs. This powerful faith is shown by puritans, William Bradford and Mary Rowlandson. These two characters in both of their stories showed their strong relationship with God. They tended to be more dependent on God to show them the way, instead of them making their own decisions. Every little thing that would happen they believed was apart of God's plan, and it had some sort of significance. This helped them get through hardships and over obstacles, because they believed God was doing what was best for them. Others were more independent and believed in logic and reason, one person being the slave Equiano. Equiano didn’t have a strong
Bradford’s interpretation of Merry Mount in his book titled, Of Plymouth Plantation, initiates with insulting accusations about Morton’s personality. Bradford titles Morton as the “Lord of Misrule” and declares that Morton was a “pettifogger” for throwing a feast for the Indians knowing that they had a shortage of food in order to get them to build a relationship with him (Bradford 155). Bradford disapproval of the occupants of Merry Mount’s “profane” and “dissolute life[style]” may place some doubt in the truthfulness of his writing, proposing that Bradford’s religious disparities with Morton has obscured his understanding of the maypole celebration (Bradford 155). Unsurprisingly, Morton’s maypole celebration signified the type of religious and societal viewpoints that the Puritans were trying to flee with their arrival to Plymouth. Morton’s presence threatened the Puritan’s idealistic concepts that Bradford valued for his neighborhood. In order to prevent that from occurring, Bradford’s intention for twisting the truth becomes comprehensible: to eradicate his enemy before he corrupts the Puritans with his “immoral lifestyle” (Bradford 156).
One of the bloodiest conflicts in U.S history that occurred in the 17th century was Metacom's war (also known as King Philip's War). In Proportion to the population, it is also recognized as the deadliest war in American history. By the end of the war, the English population of New England had declined by thirty percent and the Native Americans population declined more than twice the percent as the English. The dreadful war was a violent and destructive conflict, which was triggered by the devotion of maintaining cultural identity and preserving authority and power, both in religious and society capacities in which one believed to be his land. As a result, this crisis has impacted Americans and the culture of themselves for many years. This essay will analyze the history of Metacom's war chronology from June 1675-August 1676 informing the readers with knowledge about King Philip, the cause and effects of the conflict, and the impact it has made towards Americans.
In Of Plymouth Plantation, by William Bradford, the colonists face trials of many kinds. From ships sinking, to being blown off course, and landing in the winter, they were put in an awful position. Yet, they got through it by, “Showing herein their true love for their friends and brethren; a rare example and worth to be remembered.” They survive by these men who stayed strong. “And yet the Lord so upheld these persons as in this general calamity
a. The British people are referred to as “our British brethren.” They and the colonists share a “common kindred”. But they, like King George, “have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.” Thus, the British people must be held, like the rest of the world is help, as “enemies in war, in peace, friends.” The king and Parliament bear the brunt of the colonist “wrath.” It is the king who is charged with all their grievances. His history is one “of repeated injuries and usurpations.”
Throughout history, historians have spun events in order to alter and adjust others’ views on the event. This is especially true during Colonial times and the time leading up the American Revolution. During this time, information about the colonist’s events was passed on through word of mouth. One such man that was notorious for this was George Robert Twelves Hewes. Hewes was a Boston shoemaker, who at the age of twenty-eight witnessed four of his closest friends shot to death by The British red coats; he also participated in many of the key events of the Revolutionary crisis.1 Hewes recollections of the events that took place were passed along in the monograph The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution by Alfred
In the New World Bradford and Morton were both important men of our history. The stories of both great men give us an insight into the way religion and influence affected Puritan life.
What the Americans did not have in numbers, they made up for with “Andrew Jackson, whose courage, energy, and determination were vital to the victory.” From this defensive position they were able to hold the British and inflict heavy casualties upon them. Fighting a losing battle, the British retreated, boarded their ships, and fled the country. The irony of this battle was that it was unnecessary: the war had ended before the first scrimmage was fought. The defeat of the British under Jackson’s leadership boosted his reputation and made him a household name. Some even compared Andrew Jackson to the last American hero George Washington. With his reputation elevated to that of a hero, he became a symbol of nationalistic pride. With the American Revolution still fresh in people’s minds, the defeat of the British was celebrated. In one battle` Jackson had accomplished the best action possible to further his career.
In contrast, some divisions of the colonial population supported Britain whole-heartedly with their lives. They delighted in the short-lived emboldened ties. A New England minister proclaimed “…the Children of New England may be glad and triumph, in Reflection on Events past, and Prospects for the future…” (Document E). Comprehensibly, he felt that Britain gave them a future, that they owed their lives to their mother country. “…Mother, who has most generously rescued and protected us, [must] be served and honored…” (Document E). This is a deep contrast to the ways of thinking possessed by the soldiers and Native Americans, and it would not last long.
Throughout William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation”, his attachment to his religion was very strong and very verbally shown throughout his work. Bradford was between the age of twelve and thirteen when he had first heard his first sermon by a minister named Richard Clyfton and he later joined with Clyfton in the year 1606. Bradford begins with “…some godly and zealous preachers, and God’s blessings on their labors…” God is already being praised in the first few sentences of this work to bless the labor of their works and throughout the land. The goal of this paper is to bring into light three different sections throughout the work, where Bradford uses his religion to prove a point and to show how his religious faith is freely expressed by leaving England.
In 1620 people had to leave their preservation. “Men in this era committed themselves to the will of God, and resolved to proceed,” this meant that when the sail broke they believed in God to proceed in their journey. While on shores they endured heavy storms and praised to god to keep them safe. While in his guidance they arrived to safe landing in Cape Cod. “They fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven…” Even with their misfortunes and illness death they managed to show their Christian side. Bradford’s text was sarcastic and negative. His style that he wrote with was a preaching style and with long sentences. His message was to make them fear God through his words.
With that in mind, looking at Morton’s life he started off life pretty good considering he was a lawyer in England, had a wife, and later became the head of a trading post. He may indeed caused some trouble while he was in New England, but he did however take a liking to the Natives. Even though he took a liking to the Natives he did not take a liking to the Separatist or the Puritans. According to the book, “…he suggests that his various disputes with the Plymouth colonists resulted from their own intolerance and lack of respect for someone who does not adhere to their austere brand of Christianity” (365). Knowing Morton’s dislike for the