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University of Florida
Department
American Studies
Course
AMH 2010
Professor
Jeffrey Adler
Semester
Fall

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Midterm Exam Study Guide Zubin Kapadia AMH 2010 Questions: In your own words answer each of these questions then check with my answers below.  Discuss the effects of Puritan Society and lifestyle has on modern day America, specifically the North East.  Explain the process behind how both indentured servitude and slavery came into being.  How did Tobacco shape early Southern development?  How did the long lives of Puritans shape their future (at least 50 years)?  As the 3 and 4 Puritan generations received less and less from their parents how did this affect the future of said Puritan generations? How would they react and look towards government?  In what ways did government (and her society) develop from the late 16 th th Century to the beginning of the 18 Century? 1 Midterm Exam Study Guide Zubin Kapadia AMH 2010 Discuss the effects of Puritan Society and lifestyle has on modern day America, specifically the North East. Puritans have always played a major role in the development of American society. Former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan have both used the colloquial Puritan phrase “city upon a hill”. While the phrase itself and the presidents speeches have their own errs in their history it still outlines the effects 17 Century Puritan society had on 20 Century America. Puritan society held certain values dearly – most important was that of Religion. Thanks to religion Puritan society was for the beginning part of the their tenure in America was successful. Puritanism led the idea that the bible is law, for Puritans, the bible described perfectly how they ought to live their lives. Through the bible Puritans created a society of close quarters, a well-versed education, and a sort of security control over its people that lasted well into today’s day and age. As Puritans moved into the New World there became an issue of how much land would be given to whom. To combat this issue Puritans looked to their biblical pasts, the city of Jerusalem was allowed only 6 miles, therefore for every new community that chose to enter through the gates of the new world were given 6 square miles to delegate between their citizens. From that point forward Puritan societies gave land to their citizens based on status – if you were rich you most likely received more land. Now look towards the North East of America at how close the big cities live, how the rich get bigger plots of land. Puritans held the belief that being able to read was extremely important why? Puritans unanimously agreed that being able to read the scriptures was a timeless asset that everyone in their society must have. Puritans had a 100% literacy rate while even in modern America we can’t establish that. Puritan literacy helped them to establish the two top colleges in the US, Harvard and Yale. Clearly the Puritans were on to something. Lastly, one of the aspects of Puritan society we see today is this notion of watching everyone and anyone. In their hay day Puritans called this “Holy Watching”. Church was law and one must always watch their neighbors for they may be sinning and must be reported immediately. Look at the North East today, how closely everyone watches the other; paranoia fills their hearts and minds. The police watch with deep intent certain members of society. Does it not sound as though Puritans had a strong effect on modern day America? 2 Midterm Exam Study Guide Zubin Kapadia AMH 2010 Explain the process behind how both indentured servitude and slavery came into being. Indentured servitude and slavery came into being thanks to the orig
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