Short Summary Essay: Piuritans And Puritanism

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Friday Topic: Puritanism
Miller, Perry. "Puritans and Puritanism." Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. 3rd ed. Vol. 6. New York: Charles Scribner 's Sons, 2003. 555-557. U.S. History in Context. Web. 29 Sept. 2016

Many of us understand Puritans to be a group of people who fled England for religious freedom. This is not entirely true. Most of what we learned in school were watered down facts with lots of added sugar. Puritans were not the innocent (and I use that term loosely) people we were lead to believe they were. While looking for an article to support my claim, I noticed that the majority had the same K-12 understanding of Puritans, that is, that they left England for religious tolerance. In reality, the reason Puritans
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After the Pequot refused to pay tribute, Puritans declared war. The Puritans convinced enemies of the Pequot to help them in the war, but the alliance did not last long. After finding a Pequot village, Puritans set it on fire. Any Pequot who did not burn to death was shot down while trying to escape. The Native Americans who allied themselves with the Puritans saw the war as too violent and left. By the end of the war, over 3000 Pequot were dead. To add salt to the wound, later, when the Puritans decided to attack the Natives they were once allied with, they asked the remaining Pequot to fight with them. Having absolutely nothing left, the Pequot …show more content…
They did not leave for religious freedom; they were religious zealots who left because they felt they had to in order to save England. They had no religious tolerance and would punish someone for the smallest of things. If someone missed church because they claimed they were sick, they would send someone go to said person’s house to verify that claim. So, if they left for religious tolerance than they were probably one of the largest groups of hypocrites at that time. They treated Native Americans as if they were the scum of the earth. They deceived them, stole from them, and brutally murdered thousands of them. And even after all the damage they caused, they had the audacity to ask for help from a tribe that the almost wiped out completely. They were a greedy and intolerant people with a, whether they’d admit it or not, profound lust for blood. And what has history books done for us? They’ve painted a pretty picture with rainbows and sparkles and a small dark spot representing one mishap. Once you peel away at the forged narrative, you see the grim reality. A picture of pure darkness with a smeared, faded particle of light representing their original intent. A light that, over the course of their history, has regressed into a void of

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