17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials


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Quakers, Anabaptists, Antinominians and Other Heterodoxies

Although the original Puritan settlers came to the New World for "religious freedom," it is evident from their oppression of Quakers, Anabaptists, and Antinominians that the Puritans' own religion was the only one people were really "free" to practice without fear of imprisonment, torture, and/or banishment.

Best! Covenant -- A Coin with Two Sides: The New England Antinomian Controversy by Paul Schaefer (D. Phil., Oxford), Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania [Link #251]
An excellent essay describing the development of Antinomianism in New England in the 17th century, and why it chafed at the Puritan so much. (May require a subscription to the site to read the full article.)

Maule Genealogy Homepage [Link #244]
Excellent genealogy page about the 17th century Quaker Thomas Maule, author of Truth Held Forth and Maintained According to the Testimony of the holy Prophets, Christ and his Apostles recorded in the holy Scriptures.

soc.religion.quaker Answers to Frequently Asked Questions by Marc Mengel [Link #245]
Good basic FAQ about the Society of Friends.

The Anabaptist Story [Link #247]
History of the Anabaptists, a.k.a. Mannonites, up through the early 17th century.

America's Christian Leaders: Anne Hutchinson by Jay Rogers [Link #248]
Information about Antinominist Anne Hutchinson, who was tried for blasphemy in Boston, and fled to Rhode Island.

Anne Hutchinson: American Jezebel of Woman of Courage? by Rachel Buckingham [Link #249]
Well-researched high school paper about the outspoken Anne Hutchinson.

National Women's Hall of Fame: Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643) [Link #250]
Brief overview of the life of Anne Hutchinson. Includes an image of her.

Better that 100 Witches Should Live by James Edward Maule [Link #264]
Commercial site, but with some content, about the book "Better that 100 Witches Should Live," a $60 biography of the life of Thomas Maule.

Neighbors, Friends, or Madmen by Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. [Link #265]
Commercial webpage for the book, "Neighbors, Friends, or Madmen: The Puritan Adjustment to Quakerism in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts Bay," by Jonathan M. Chu

Teacher Serve from the National Humanities Center: Divining America: 17th and 18th Centuries [Link #266]
A variety of essays designed to help teach early American history, many emphasizing the importance of religion in the daily lives of the people:

A Plea for Religious Liberty by Roger Williams (1603-1683, founder of Rhode Island) [Link #271]
Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution ... ("Publications of the Narragansett Club" [Providence, R.I.], Vol. III [1867]), pp. 3-4, 63, 58-59, 138-39, 148, 170-71, 201, 247-50, 372-73, 424-25.

Colonial Religions Discussion Port [Link #272]
Lively live chats and message boards about Puritans, Quakers, and others.

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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, margoburns@gmail.com