The 17th century experience with Puritanical excess helped America make the jump from a tribalistic identity politics to an actually "inclusive" live-and-let-live liberalism.
Wow. Just wow. This essay is amazing and draws the rights connections to the present day. Bravo!
What a great article! I wish history was taught this way, story telling rather than memorizing dates and names. People would learn history and perhaps learn from past mistakes and not make them again. I am going to follow Dean V. Williamson. What a Thanksgiving blessing 🧡
Excellent. A very thought provoking unique look at our history and it’s effect on the present. “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”
This is nonsense in a desperate attempt to get eyeballs. Consider this: "It took several decades, but the colonies eventually committed to norms supporting religious freedom." Not even close. Those few colonies that had a limited religious tolerance did so because it was a condition written into their charter from the crown. Even when they became states, several had an official state religion.
The attempt to jump from colonial era morals to today passes over many equally/more influential phenomenon.
Good raw material. But have we devolved to the point where one is compelled to include the "f" word in order to attract clicks to the site? As a writer and editor myself, the author needs to seriously reconsider his choice of language before unleashing any further pedantic soft porn on unsuspecting readers.
History does repeat itself.
God damn. That's a super long article for a thanksgiving.