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This paper explains that William Penn is considered to be the first great hero of American liberty especially because of the religious freedom and tolerance in his American colony of Pennsylvania during the late 17th century. Penn, the author points out, was one of the first Americans to create a written constitution which limited the power of government, provided a humane penal code and guaranteed many fundamental liberties. The paper sequences Penn's life from his birth in England in 1644 to his creation of his model sanctuary, Pennsylvania, in the New World.
From the Paper:"Despite his achievements for religious tolerance, William Penn quickly realized that such a dream was not possible within the borders of England. In 1681, Penn received a charter from King Charles II to establish a colony in the so-called New World for "territory west of the Delaware River and north of Maryland," a huge area of wilderness where "about a thousand Germans, Dutch and Indians lived without any particular government." King Charles II also proposed to call this new colony Pennsylvania in honor of Penn's father, "Admiral" William Penn, Sr."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Corbett, Julia Mitchell. Religion in America. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1998.
- Geiter, Mary K. William Penn. New York: Addison-Wesley, Inc., 2000.
- Powell, Jim. "William Penn, America's First Great Champion for Liberty and Peace."The Freeman--Ideas on Liberty. Internet. 2007. Retrieved from http://www.quaker.org/wmpenn.html.
Cite this Descriptive Essay:
William Penn (2010, February 18) Retrieved September 20, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/descriptive-essay/william-penn-118721/
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