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Americans in the colonial period were primarily concerned
with matters of religion and conscience. In every aspect of
their society, religion and morality was one of the first things
that came into focus.
In 1688, a group of Quakers voted in favor of a resolution
against slavery. Their reason for doing this was that slavery
was bad enough for any human being to partake in, let alone
Christians like themselves. The Quakers were a
non-discriminatory group of people who believed in religious as
well as personal freedom.
In New England schools, religion and death were the two
principal themes mentioned the most in textbooks. By stressing
religion in school, it was hoped that children would follow the
right path to their deliverance. They also told children the
truth about death, and that it was cruel and could come at any
moment in their lives. Again, religion was thrust into young
people’s minds, pressuring them into thinking about their own
salvation, before it was too late.
The Puritans were also another group in early America who
came to the new world to escape the ways of Europe and to start
a new life. They believed that the Universe was God-centered,
and that man was inherently sinful and corrupt, rescued from
damnation only by discretionary divine grace. They felt they
were duty-bound to do God's will which they could understand
best by studying the Bible and the universe which God had created
and which he controlled.
The Puritans are known most for their involvement in the
Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials began when...