Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Britain And Its Colonies

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Religious Tolerance in the British Colonies


Generations of American children have learned that the Pilgrims came to America in search of religion. In truth, attitudes regarding religion in the British colonies were complex. Some colonists viewed beliefs other than their own as blasphemous, while others called for religious tolerance. Those who argued for tolerance, however, usually only extended it to their fellow Christians.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. The Massachusetts Bay Colony Case Against Anne Hutchinson (1637)
  2. Freedom of Conscience Promised in Pennsylvania, 1682
  3. Regulations for the Sabbath in South Carolina (1691)
  4. Religious Toleration in the Charter of Rhode Island, 1663
  5. John Eliot, Missionary (n.d.)
  6. Whites Smash Indian Idols, 1626
  7. Mary Dyer (1659)
  8. Penn on Religious Tolerance (1675)
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