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The Americans The Colonial Experience By Daniel J Boorstin America was not believed to be a ground for a utopian society rather a place for a new start more freedom and fewer taxes The initial group to settle the New World were the Puritans separatists making a hopeless attempt to try to purify the Church of England by swearing loyalty to the group instead of the king This all takes place during the 17th and 18th centuries The following topics that will be discussed are intended to portray all of the different aspects of colonial American social and governmental tendencies The impression that Boorstin has hidden in the context of the book is that of the portrayal of the Old Worlds ideas and the influence that those ideas had on the coming of the New World or better known as America The Puritans sailed westward across the Atlantic Ocean in 1630 There were fifty-two Puritans that came to the New World to set up the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the governor of the colony was to be John Winthrop who stated Wee shall be as a Citty upon a Hill This simply meant that they would be a beacon for the entire world to look upon This group included many people of substantial wealth and position The Puritans wished to be guided by one rule even the Word of the most high They were ruled by the Bible which resulted in the special character of their approach to experience The peculiar character of their Biblical orthodoxy nourished a practical and non-Utopian frame of mind Anne Hutchinson believed that if the Puritans are going to ignore the non-elect that they should ignore all of the non-elect She was put on trial by John Winthrop however she knew her scripture very well so she could not be persecuted She and her followers were banished f rom the colony Another disagreement that took place was that of
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