John Winthrop City On The Hill Analysis

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In 1630 John Winthrop landed in the Massachusetts Bay colony. With the words "Therefore lett us choose life, that wee, and our Seede, may live; by obeyeing his voyce, and cleaveing to him, for hee is our life, and our prosperity." John Winthrop laid a foundation for a new world. John Winthrop created the name “City Upon the Hill” to describe the new settlement. The City Upon the Hill theme has been used in American history, they relied on religion to guide them, they believed in American exceptionalism, and a democracy. One reason the City Upon the Hill is used in American history is because of religion. “The Lord will be our God, and delight to dwell among us, as His own people, and will command a blessing upon us in all our ways, so that we shall see much more of His wisdom, power, goodness and truth, than formerly we have been acquainted with.” (Doc A) This quote shows they believed that the Lord would protect them and they could rely on the Lord to help them through hardships they might encounter during their settlement. The people believed if their “ hearts shall turn away, so that we will not obey, but shall be seduced, and worship other Gods, our pleasure and profits, and serve them; it…show more content…
(Doc C) John F. Kennedy said in his speech,” Today the eyes of all people are truly upon us—and our governments, in every branch, at every level, national, state and local, must be as a city upon a hill--constructed and inhabited by men aware of their great trust and their great responsibilities.” (Doc F) What John was trying to say that everyone is looking up to use as a role model and we need to be good role models. The United States may not be perfect or have perfect men running the government. Even though the people aren’t perfect, they are aware of what they have to do to make the country a better place. American exceptionalism still goes on

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