William Bradford and Thomas Morton

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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.
William Bradford said he believed, “Plymouth people were the chosen people to live out their last days in the earthly church” (Daly pg 560). Puritan settlers came to the new world seeking a better life and to get away from the rule of the Catholic Church they wanted to become a primitive Baptist church like in the Old Testament. The Puritans wanted to live their lives in Old Testament biblical way of life; when the settlers came to the, “New England they thought they had landed in God’s country” (Callicott). They thought they were the chosen ones the new
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After reading various papers on the Puritans it is hard to imagine just how against any showing of sexual pleasure was even forbidden between man and wife, much less frolicking with Indian women. Although that was probably not something that was widely accepted, it was not against the law. Morton called the drinking and songs with the red and whites harmless and Bradford called the pagan ways.
Morton felt that Bradford’s, “accusations were more from fear” of what he did not know and understand and was not truly backed up by fact (Daly pg 564). Could you imagine the kind of world we would have today if everyone spend this much time and effort on who slept with who? I am not saying that people should just sleep around with people like trying on clothes, but unless you are hurting someone just go your own way.
Bradford felt that Morton was “an enemy against God” (Daly pg 565). Bradford called Morton’s conduct “Lord of misrule”, and Morton felt like it was “harmless fun” (Schoenberg). “His maypole festivities smacked of folk superstitions and pagan practices; his consorting with Indian "lasses" violated their sexual and racial taboos; his hospitality to indentured servants threatened their labor supply and social order; and his trading of guns for furs not only stole the beaver and deerskin trade away but it also armed their deadly enemies, who became "a terror unto them, who