The Irreverent Pilgrims Persuasive Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Irreverent Pilgrims
Reveals the true story of the Puritans who first arrived in America in the 1600's.
# 119712 | 833 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper argues that the Pilgrims who first landed on Plymouth Rock left England to escape religious persecution in order to start a new country led by their own extreme form of Christianity, not to be confused with the goal of religious freedom. Throughout the essay the author argues that the Puritan anti-semitic heritage has had a lasting affect on the current United States government, values, and bad social habits.

From the Paper:

"While the Puritans may have laid pieces of the constitutional puzzle, their largest contribution came in the form of their attitudes and values in daily life. The idea of fellowship among man, which we use today to pull through when our country experiences a national tragedy like the 9/11 attacks, was first used in America by the Puritans to pull through the birthing stages of their colony. John Winthrop, a Puritan leader in 1630, preached, "Now the only way to avoid this shipwreck and to provide for our posterity [is] we must be knit together in this work as one man." Winthrop uses another typical American attitude, known as American exceptionalism, or the belief that we Americans are far superior to everyone else and must set a good example, to defend the fact that he wants to bring his colonists together as a single, ordered body. Later in his letter to the people he proclaims, "we must Consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us" (Winthrop). Today, our president, George Bush, uses this same attitude to justify sending troops into Iraq in order to force American democracy upon the fragmented nation. Like Winthrop, who believed that that his theocracy set up in the New World was the ideal of the world, Bush envisions his American democracy as the perfect government for the instigation of peace. Two other Puritan values, economic individualism and self-sufficiency of the household, still live on today in our thriving American society. In the time of the Puritans each family was a self-sufficient unit. We Americans are accustomed to this idea of career choices and family businesses. Without these Puritan contributions, the American persona would not possess the same approach it does today."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Elson, John. "Busybodies: New Puritans." Time Magazine 12 Aug. 1991: 20-22.
  • Rossiter, Clinton. The First American Revolution. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1956. 91.
  • Wertenbaker, Thomas J. The Puritans. 88.
  • Winthrop, John. 1630.

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