Bradford and Winthrop on Providence Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Bradford and Winthrop on Providence
A comparison and contrast of authors William Bradford and John Winthrop's ideas about providence and its impact upon their colonies.
# 117887 | 1,129 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 23, 2009 in Literature (American) , History (U.S. Colonization of North America)

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The paper examines William Bradford's work "Of Plymouth Plantation" and John Winthrop's work "The Journal of John Winthrop" and relates that Winthrop is almost zealous in his beliefs about providence and he tried imposing them upon the society in which he lived with equal zeal. The paper compares this to Bradford, who although he held deep beliefs upon the idea of providence, took a far more subtle approach to the topic. The paper also highlights further differences between the views of Winthrop and Bradford on social classes, the value in recruiting civilians to work within the colony and how they perceived deviants of society and those who were charged with criminal behavior.

From the Paper:

"Bradford expresses in his work, "Of Plymouth Plantation" the belief that divine providence has led the pilgrims to establish the Plymouth colony. He makes this view plain from the first chapter of his book, which opens establishing the position of England in the eyes of God, as well as that of God's people. Furthermore, he establishes how it is the will of God that the people should leave England and establish the colony in the new world, although he also warrants that, because of Satan, the people do not expect that the journey to the new world, or establishing the new colony, should be an easy task (Bradford)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bradford, William. Of Plymouth Plantation. Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Company, 1908. [Electronic Version].
  • Winthrop, John. The Journal of John Winthrop. 1644. [Electronic Version].

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