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September 19 Journal:
PURITANISM and AMERICA
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Strict Form of
PROTESTANT
CHRISTIANITY;
religion rules all
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Brutally persecuted
by the British
because they
wanted to “purify”
the Church of
England
RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION?
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“Do not take revenge on
someone who wrongs you.
If someone strikes you on
the right cheek, turn to him
the other also …
Love your enemies.”
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Unfortunately, the
Puritans aren’t heroes of
religious freedom…
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They escaped the
Church of England’s
persecution, but set up a
system that persecuted
non-Puritans
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There was no option to
NOT be Puritan … obey
or be punished!
–Jesus, Gospel of Matthew
The Puritan Theocracy
The Puritans landed @ Plymouth Rock
 They founded a theocratic planter colony
 Theocracy: government based on religion
(No Separation of Church and State)
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They believed this theocratic
colony would be like a
“Shining City on a Hill”
to other nations in its
extreme Holiness 
The 3 Major Puritan Values
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Simplicity – Fancy stuff is the Devil’s work!
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Grace – God is in control. He’s already decided.
So open your Heart to Him and Accept.
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Divine Mission – We, the Puritans, are God’s
chosen, and He wants us to create a
“Holy Place” in America
(It’s all about God, God, God.)
Contemporary American Values?
C.R.E.A.M.
 MTV Cribs: Mariah Carey
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The First “American” Poet:
“Upon the Burning of Our
House”
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Read the poem with a partner and answer
the following questions together:
 “Upon the Burning of Our House” insists that
worldly goods should not be loved too intensely,
for they perish or must be given up. Where in the
poem does Bradstreet remind herself not to have
too much affection for earthly things?
 What does Bradstreet refer to in lines 43-47 when
she speaks of a “house on high”?
 How does her awareness of this “house” help
console her for her loss of the first house?
“To my Dear and Loving Husband”
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Published 1678; expresses Puritan values
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If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay;
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persevere,
That when we live no more we may live ever.
Answer in your notebook:
Anne Bradstreet’s poems deal with two
important Puritan themes: domestic life
and God. “To My Dear and Loving
Husband” concerns a happy marriage. It
describes the greatness of the poet’s
love for her husband and of his love for
her. Through what details does
Bradstreet suggest the intensity of their
love and the fact that the love is mutual?
 How does this fit in today?
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How is
Bradstreet’s view
of a woman’s
role different
from modern
ideas like
the WWII era“Rosie the
Riveter?”
William Bradford
(1590-1657):
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Joined the Puritans at a
young age
Mayflower: the ship that
brought them across
His wife “fell” overboard
… it was more likely
suicide (hard journey)
Became governor of the
colony at Plymouth Rock
Wrote their stories in his
journals, later published:
“Of Plymouth Plantation”
William Bradford
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Strongly believed that America could be God’s Holy Land
 Alternately accepted help from and
fought against the Native Americans
Ended his life disappointed that Puritanism was dying out
September 21 Journal:
Journal 9/25
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Worry is one thing. But what about fear? What’s your
biggest fear?
Psychologists tell us that, perhaps because of
television reports, fear of being kidnapped is
prominent in kids’ minds. (The reality is that you have
a very small chance of ever being kidnapped. But
just because it probably won’t happen doesn’t mean
kids aren’t afraid, does it?) Students themselves
sometimes report that they fear failure, being alone
for a long time, or being abandoned.
Every person has a few big fears, but what is your
“number one”?
Write about it, and, if you can, think about and write
about why you’re afraid of that thing, and where you
think your fear might have come from.
Jonathan Edwards
Age 17, experienced “Grace”; became preacher
 Great Awakening: religious revival, 1735-1742
 Displeased many churchgoers w/scary sermons
 Most famous: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry
God” … won many converts
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Edwards’s Persuasive Strategies
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Fear (Scary Imagery = Hell, God’s Wrath)
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Repetition (Emphasizes words like YOU, HELL)
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Bandwagon (Peer Pressure: Join us!)
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Card Stacking (Focus on the positives )
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“Limited Time Offer” / “Act Now!”
(Creates a feeling of urgency in the crowd)
September 28 Journal:
Think of your favorite commercial or
product. What do you like about the
commercial or the product? What
persuaded you to buy it? Have you ever
seen a misleading commercial? (Ask Ms.
Krug about this one )

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