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A brief overview of William Penn's founding of Pennsylvania with a focus on the religious aspects.
# 152287 | 1,474 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 21, 2013 in History (U.S. Before 1865)

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This paper examines how, if not for the efforts and beliefs of William Penn, Pennsylvania would not have been the Quaker colony that we know of and how it was Penn's finances and strong belief in religious freedom that lead to its creation. The paper discusses how Penn came to Pennsylvania to establish a place, "Holy Experiment," where people could worship freely without the fear of arrest, fines, or imprisonment and how he set up laws and drafted legislation trying to grant the freedoms that had not been allowed in England and other countries.

Literature Review
William Penn Biography
King Charles II and the Coventicle Act
Quaker Beginning
Founding of Pennsylvania
Penn and the North American Quakers
Defending Pennsylvania in Revolution

From the Paper:

"William Penn was born in 1644 to Admiral Sir William Penn, who had helped get King Charles II restored after the English Civil War and had served in the Commonwealth and Royal Navies before being knighted. He was educated at Chigwell School and at the Christ Church, Oxford.
" It was during his family's exile in Ireland that Penn became associated with Thomas Loe, a Quaker missionary and he learned from Loe, the theory of the "Inner Light." Later, he would attend Oxford University, only to be expelled due to his religious beliefs. At the age of 18, Penn was thrown out of his home by his father, who feared he would lose his status due to his son's rebellion. Returning after two years, William took a job as courier delivering mail to the King and his brother, the Duke of York, future King James II.
"In 1667, while attending a Quaker meeting, he was arrested and disowned by his father. He lived with several Quakers including Isaac Pennington, whose stepdaughter, Gulielma, he would marry in 1672. She bore him six children, of which four would die during infancy.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Saunders, R. "William Penn and Quaker Beliefs." 2007. Web. 5 May 2010. http://colonial-america.suite101.com/article.cfm/quaker_friendship
  • Powell, J. "William Penn, America's First Great Champion for Liberty and Peace." N.d. Web. 5 May 2010. http://www.quaker.org/wmpenn.html
  • "Quaker History." ReligiousTolerance.org. 2010. Web. 3 May 2010. http://www.religioustolerance.org/quaker1.htm
  • "Brief History of William Penn." USHistory.org. 2010. Web. 3 May 2010. http://www.ushistory.org/penn/bio.htm
  • Samuel, B. "William Penn." 2000. Web. 3 May 2010 http://www.quakerinfo.com/quakpenn.shtml

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