WHAT DID IT MEAN TO BE A PURITAN?
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Primary sources focus on the views of the Puritan leaders while also offering insight into the views of various other types of settlers in the New England of the 1600s. The secondary sources discuss to what extent the Puritan religious elite controlled the colony. Concluding exercises have students consider questions such as "Did Puritanism promote theocratic tyranny, or did it lay the foundation for democracy and individualism in American life?"