Thesis: I believe the American Revolution was actually revolutionary. The Revolutionary War did not cause an immediate change in America, but led to a long chain of actions, leading to America’s modern freedom.
One of the major causes for emigration from England to North America was religious persecution. Religious tolerance in Britain for other Christian sects besides the Anglican church was virtually nonexistent, resulting in many members of other sects to seek religious haven in the colonies. The vast majority of immigrants coming to New England were followers of
The American Revolution had a very intense fundamental change on American society between the years 1775 to 1800. The thirst for independence resulted in the revolution which caused many political, social, and economic changes. When the revolution began, the people were drowning in jingoism, and after the seven years of fighting for our independence, several changes had to be made. Although some political, social, and economic parts of society seem to have remained the same, America experienced drastic fundamental changes throughout these years and set the standards for even more changes to come.
The church and Christian beliefs had a very large impact on the Puritan religion and lifestyle. According to discovery education, “Church was the cornerstone of the mainly Puritan society of the 17th century.” Puritan laws were intensively rigid and people in society were expected to follow a moral strict code. And because of Puritans and their strict moral codes, any act that was
Much like the French Revolution, the American Revolution was brought upon by the people who wanted a change. Growing numbers of immigrants added to the population in the lower and middle classes in the country, making overcrowding and poor conditions. As cities started to grow, the government- located across the ocean- decided to try and make changes, including larger taxes. The people in America did not like the idea of being ruled over by people so far away, so they began their search for new forms of authority. The people looked for independence, and their search led them to a war and the Revolution. As the country became free and independent, more and more changes were made. The Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Bill of Rights was issued. While it was largely political that change came from the American Revolution, it was America's people created, fought, and won the American Revolution, leading to a better life for them all.
In the seventeenth century, religious persecution ran rampant throughout Europe. In attempt to escape the oppression, many fled to less critical countries and territories. One of the popular refuges was colonial America. Settling in the north, these religious refugees made up a majority in the New England population, endeavoring to use it to form their Ideal society. They could use the new land to implement a new civilization reflective of their beliefs.
Every colonist had their respective reasons to emigrate to the new American colonies across the Atlantic. The Puritan demographic of colonists left England in order to pursue their own moral and religious goals in the Massachusetts Bay colony as seen in the first document. These colonists were not here in the Americas to escape religious persecution, they came to America for the purpose of being able to become a grand shining “city upon a hill” to show the world how righteous their church really was. Both these Puritans as well as the Puritan separatists saw God and religion as paramount to everyday life and maintained radically extreme rules and regulations to uphold the colony's sanctity. The Puritans saw themselves as zealots of Christianity
The year of 1776 is the most famous year, not only in the Revolutionary War, but in America’s history as well. In this best selling book, 1776, David McCullough decides to not focus so much on the continental congresses, but instead George Washington and his men’s experiences. This is about how the United States of America almost did not even exist and the War of Independence was nearly lost. McCullough is a very well known author and historian who has sold many best selling books such as the books of United States presidents John Adams and Truman. Instead of writing about an important era, he focuses on only writing about that year. During this time, he explains how the colonies of North America decide to break away from England and the “absolute tyranny” of King George III. McCullough is unique by introducing people with major impact on the conflict of the revolution such as King George III and George Washington as well as a large selection of lesser known people that one would normally just grace over which included certain citizens who either worked in the colonies or was apart of the revolution. Interestingly, this book centers around more of General George Washington in the war and as a leader instead of really focusing on the colonies goal of freedom and independence. This is impressive that George Washington was able to group many untrained men and get them ready for battle. This book does
From 1629 to 1640, approximately 200,000 Puritans escaping King Charles I’s persecution of them in connection to the Anglican Church fled England in what was referred to as the Great Migration. Around 21,000 of these religious refugees sailed to the northeastern coast of North America and established the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Through ruthless cultural preservation, not only did Massachusetts grow into the most prosperous colony of English America, but the sentiments of its formation were also echoed by the establishment of other two most successful colonies, both of which were founded by persecuted religious groups; Pennsylvania by the Quakers and Virginia by Royalist Anglicans.
For the Puritans in the early New England colonies life was by no means easy, but there was the possibility to expand their beliefs free from the persecution from Church of England. They had the opportunity to create their ideal society under God with the bible as their law from which they would define how to live. The Puritans set out to create their model society which could spread and cull the impurities from the church. But how did these beliefs and goals ultimately effect their society?
The first instance of this changing of belief's obviously starts with the Revolution itself. America was throwing off traditional British rule and replacing it with her own ideas of government and society. The tyrannical powers of the king were denied and instead a government was set up, which at least in theory, represented the people everywhere. It showed that Americans were willing to protect their own rights and would not allow themselves to be subjugated.
Although economic prosperity was possible in America the New England colonists fled England for spiritual reasons, seeing themselves distinctly as a purity in a tainted world. The New England colonists comprising of two puritan groups. The separatists, who wished to break away, viewed the ceremonial Anglican Church as
The American Revolution was a war of independence between 1775 and 1783 caused by a myriad of political, economic, social and religious disputes between British and American colonies. Political representation for colonists was put into question when economic factors such as taxes came into play. A major factor that drove reform during the American Revolution was the freedom of religion. People were being limited in their participation, were forced to pay taxes on the official church and had to obey church laws. Colonists began to fight against these restrictions and eventually gained rights for people of different religion and as a result of the American Revolution, religious minorities experienced benefits such as the liberty of religion
It is tempting, and often comforting, to think that humans control their fates. The decisions that people make in their daily lives can affect many things. On the other hand, people cannot control every aspect of their environments. The weather has, in fact, affected world history in important ways that are still felt today.
Everybody was forced to believe the same exact beliefs when it did come to religion and faith. And forced to all have the same fears. If you didn’t believe the same beliefs then you would be considered to be a sinner, a worker with the devil, or a person who practices witchcraft. Literature was also a very important aspect in the Puritan era. If Benjamin Franklin was living in the Puritan era and his various types of literature was released to the public, he would have either been shunned- or potentially stoned to death due to his comical remarks and wit within all of his fake pseudonyms. It was nice to see in the readings that the 18th century had begun to gain much more freedom, and self individuality compared to the 17th century. It seems as though for the first time in history people were able to choose who they wanted to be when they grew up. I feel as though that the women of that era began to gain more rights, seeing as Silence Dogood was being portrayed as a woman, and still managed to get “her” writings published in the paper. Educational values appeared to be much different. Education was much more diverse and had a variety of studies- other than just learning about religion.