Along with colonist’s migration to America, the Magna Carta followed along to all colonies in the new world. Everyone was given the same rights and laws that were in Britain which enabled both New England and Chesapeake Bay colonies to live in peace and without any chaos and disputes. Both colonies agreed upon religion and the motivation of working hard to create a striving society. The Massachusetts Bay colonies wanted to become an exemplary for all other colonies to attract more settlers by visioning a city upon a hill (Source A). Maryland colonies also attracted more settlers with their Toleration Act of 1649 that allowed and tolerated anyone of the Christian faith to settle.
Unity was encouraged among New Englanders, which helped develop close societies. These close societies often built a bond of trust within the community, knowing that neighbors would come together during times of danger. All of this showed that these people had a distinct purpose for coming to the new world. They wanted to create a model society, a self-proclaimed “city upon a hill” (A). The Puritans who inhabited this region were very strict, and were always striving to make the perfect city.
In the early 1800s the sudden onset of the Second Great Awakening influenced many reform movements, inspiring people to seek personal salvation and improve their lives as well as the lives of those they considered less fortunate. The Second Great Awakening launched a variety of reform movements across the country in an attempt to perfect the democratic society. Americans who participated in the Second Great Awakening considered America “youthful” and thought that they could perfect their surroundings and help those in need. The Awakening called on followers to prove their faith by helping those less fortunate than themselves by spreading their ideals. Two examples of the widespread influence of the Second Great Awakening are the creation of utopian societies and the temperance movement.
Pennsylvania was one of the colonies to make the most significant contributions to the perennial American values of democratic self government, educational opportunity, religious toleration, social plurality, and economic materialism. There was a constitution called “Frame of Government” that was made to give Pennsylvania the most liberal government of the colonies. This helped slaves to be freed in chosen, a treaty to help be civil with the Natives, religious freedom, and make this colony all equal men to live. This not only helped for the people to get along, but the colony to come together and become the greatest colony they can be. The only problem was the social plurality that their was many different religious groups around which was mainly the Quakers and Puritans.
As being one of the earliest settlements of the new world, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, settled by Puritans, was to be a colony that many others would look at in either disgust, or idolization. In that, they wanted to not only find a new land to freely practice their religion, and purify their church, but they also wanted to create a pure community altogether to be the light of the New World in the eyes of others. These colonies in New England portrayed equality to great extent, as they wanted “everyone [to]
The development of society in New England was based on religious motive, and the idea of being part of a community. Document 1 shows how they believed that they should maintain a familiar commerce together, and join together as members of a community. John Winthrop, who was a leading figure in the founding of the Massachusetts Bay colony states how they should be as a city upon a hill, setting an example and being a model of Christian charity. Winthrop expected that Puritans should uphold gentleness, patience, and liberty. In Virginia, people were gold seekers, and their main motives was to find gold and become wealthy.
It was in fact the main reason for many people coming to the new world. Many people came to the new world just for religious freedom. An example of these people is the Puritans who practised Puritanism, a religious reform movement that arose in the church of England. Puritans were not the only ones to use their newfound religious freedom to their advantage. Lord Baltimore of England founded the colony of Maryland.
Another thing to note is how most of these families were comprised of very young people. When people came to the New England colonies, they had to swear to following the practice of Christianity (OI) which shows that these families were religious. John Winthrop wrote “A model of Christian Charity” on the ship that took him to New England. In his writing, he states, “We must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us...” (Document A).
Throughout Martin Luther King the “I Have a Dream speech” the important message in his speech is that all people are became equal and, although not the case in America at the time, Martin Luther King felt it must be the case for the future. Martin Luther King speech was very passionately and powerfully. Also, there are a number of points given that support the idea to the independence as it is stated in The Declaration of Independence. The problem to the independence in that time may not be acquired. Dr. King repeats words and sentence.
John Winthrop emphasizes on the ideology of a model Christian. He explains that the purpose of settling in the New World was to build a model Christian society, one where people will care for one another, one where oppression of church did not exist and where the people are united under one God (Document A). In effort of settling, the immigrants devised a series of laws intended to govern themselves under a common flag. These laws created were integrated with a one entity- God (Document D). In addition, these new laws defined “democracy” in the region in which religion played a majestic base.