Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

2508

Author

Scott Roth

Date

2015

Date of Award

11-24-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

History

Committee Chair

Stephen Stein

Committee Member

Christine Eisel

Committee Member

Scott Marler

Abstract

In 1630, a company of English Puritans established Massachusetts Bay Colony and, in doing so, the settlement that offered a foundation for life in Colonial New England. Facing great change, the colony's leadership developed religious, economic, political and social devices to maintain control throughout the transition, thereby establishing a strict order that permeated the lives of all who settled. Those who sought to transcend their place in this order faced discipline in various ways, though the General Court doled out these punishments unevenly. The inconsistency of application of these devices allowed for progress in some areas but restricted growth in others. Puritans in Massachusetts Bay Colony thus stepped into a new world while still retaining the order of their lives from the old, transitioning to a new way of life and establishing a foundation for following generations.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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