Take a closer look at the first draft of the US Constitution to see an example of the “long S” in print.
Take a closer look at George Washington’s letter using 18th-century abbreviations.
The modern intellectual anti-slavery movement emerged as two distinct but overlapping currents, one religious, the other secular.
Colonial America’s Jewish population offers a good case study of how original plans often went awry, though undoubtedly in the case of the Jews in large part to their satisfaction, rather than to their dismay and disappointment. The history of the Jewish people on the North American mainland dates to 1654, when a small band of twenty-three men, women, and children made landfall at New Amsterdam on the southern edge of Manhattan Island.
The Salem witchcraft scare, and the trials that followed, have especially seized the popular imagination. Separating the myths from the reality of the Salem witchcraft episode is the historian’s task.
The puritans who settled New England in 1630 were not coming to America to promote religious freedom for all, but to achieve for themselves a freedom from the church and civil officials in England who had prevented them from pursuing their faith as they believed God wanted them to. The settlement of Massachusetts presented the colonists with their first opportunity to decide what views and actions were acceptable and to prohibit what was not.
In Virginia, dozens of Separate Baptists ministers were arrested and imprisoned for preaching without a license.
Shaker leader “Mother” Ann Lee and a group of followers arrived in New England from Great Britain in search of freedom from religious persecution.