Chronology of Religious Life in America by Russell O. Wright

By Russell O. Wright

This chronology starts off with an summary of non secular existence within the usa, after which specializes in advancements from the cost of Jamestown through Anglican settlers in 1607 to the Catholic backlash created according to Nancy Pelosi's overdue 2008 Meet the clicking reviews at the church's perspectives of abortion. appendices concentrate on the distribution of significant non secular teams within the usa and the distribution of assorted Christian spiritual denominations within the nation.

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No dissent was expected or tolerated. 1647— Peter Stuyvesant took over as director general of the Dutch colony including New Amsterdam (see listing for 1629). He was dismayed by the many religions flourishing there as a result of the general religious tolerance practiced by the West Indies Company even though the Dutch Reformed Church was the official church of the colony. Stuyvesant initially told the West Indies Company he was going to tell some Jews who immigrated in 1654 (see listing) to move on for the good of the settlement, but when the Jewish immigrants protested to the 30 1651 West Indies Company, the company gave them permission to stay and trade within the settlement as long as their poor did not become a burden to the community.

The religious life was very important to the original colonists, but only their own religion was readily tolerated in many places. August 1619— The Dutch brought the first black laborers to Jamestown, Virginia. There is some dispute whether the blacks were brought as slaves or as indentured servants (workers who traded several years of labor for passage and then eventual freedom). Whatever the status of the 1619 group, slavery was legalized in the area and in full swing by 1650. The cheap labor was crucial to the profitable cultivation of tobacco and other crops that were labor intensive.

Williams, who had come to Boston in 1631 as a Puritan minister, was charged with disagreeing with the Puritan authority, espousing freedom of religion, and asserting that no attempt had been made to fairly compensate the native Indians for the land the Puritans had simply taken from the Indians. Williams readily admitted these “crimes,” and although the court had agreed to delay his expulsion until the upcoming winter was over if Williams would hold his tongue until then, Williams left the following January when he heard of a plot to send him back to England for continuing to speak out.

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