Americans In The Colonial Times

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D B Q 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 study...

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