Critical Source Essay 1

Because of this a lot of people in the colonies

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in the colonies, and its followers saw the need to unite the colonies under their religion. Because of this, a lot of people in the colonies looked down on religions other than Christianity. In the “The Wonders of the Invisible World”, Mather claims that there was an “evil” that was all around New England (Mather 1692). The evil that he refers to is a lack of Christian presence. Mathers goes as far as to ask for help to defend the colony of New England from this evil. The colonies had a very large fear of any other religion than Christianity, and resided to calling anything that didn’t agree with their Christian values as witchcraft, which they thought of as acts of the devil. Any person who was thought of as performing witchcraft was put to trial and punished. The punishment for witchcraft, if charged guilty, would result in punishment by death. Therefore, these people were being killed just because they did not believe in the Christian faith. The Christian faith held complete control of the American colonies, and saw any other faith or contradictory belief as inferior to their own faith. The American colonies, which was frequently advertised as a new beginning for all people, was quite the opposite. Anyone that did not have the right look or faith was forced into a life that was inferior to the rest. After diving into these two sources, the
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American colonies were filled with social issues that forced many people to live awful lives. References Trials and Conclusions
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Virginia Slave Act (1705)
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  • Fall '19
  • Mather, Robert Beverly

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