The Importance Of Early Quakers

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Values of early colonists didn’t approve of recreational or pleasurable events. For example, in early New England, recreational activities as well as sports were banned. One puritan principle that explains the banning was that they didn’t have time to partake in these activities due to their continued growth of improving their morals through spiritual espionage. Furthermore, Learning and working were placed in much higher regard than anything involving pleasure. There was no time in early Pennsylvania for such recreational activities. Quakers or the “Society of Friends’ had very similar beliefs. Quakers specifically William Penn explains honoring the Lord was the most important virtue to them. Beliefs and power progressively changed throughout the years in the early colonies. Other issues that were prevalent facing the colonies were social class injustice, gender as well as race. When Penn arrived in Pennsylvania in 1672 he envisioned a model society that would be free from religious persecution. He believed in a government …show more content…
Principles supported by the puritans helped back their negative view upon sports. One principle explains that labor and detestation were more important values than ones of recreation. Another principle explains they tried to eliminate any activity that gave a bad light to Catholicism. The last principle I explained previously that they were trying to grow their spiritual espionage, which left no time for recreation. Intellectual recreation instead was much preferred by the puritans. The clergy devoted nearly all their leisure time towards intellectual recreation. Social classes were prevalent in the colonial puritans. Classes included the middling class, the laboring class, as well as indigents and vagrants. Social hierarchy was based on possession of property specifically land. Religion wise puritans rejected practices as well as authorities of the Catholic

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