Colonial Period

The colonial period was A time of much change, as is the
modern period. Many people viewed things differently in the
colonial period than they do today. The people of the
colonial period had much more traditional values than the
people of today. The people of the colonial period thought
of religion much more sternly than I do. John Winthrop
believed in a very stern God. John Winthrop writes, “Now if
the Lord shall please to hear us, and bring us in peace to the
place we desire, then hath he ratified this Covenant and
sealed our Commission, [and] will expect a strict
performance of the Articles contained in it” (43). He believes
that God acts completely as he wishes, without any thought
for man. Samuel Sewall used religion to help him when he
needed help. In his diary, Samuell Sewall writes, “…My Son,
the minister, came to me p.m. by appointment and we pray
one for another in the Old Chamber; more especially
respecting my Courtship”(63). Sewall only acted religious
when it was convenient for him. I personally believe in a God
much more caring than that Winthrop believed in. I also
believe that God is always around, not just when I need him.

Different people have many different religious beliefs.

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Throughout history, views of love have changed. Anne
Bradstreet valued love as a strong romantic bond. In
Bradstreet’s poem, “To My Dear and Loving Husband” she
writes, “I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold, Or
all the ritches that Earth doth hold”(51). In this excerpt,
Bradstreet is speaking to her Husband. John Winthrop
viewed love as a religious bond between all men. He writes,
“Love is the bond of perfection” (39). Winthrop gives few
references to romantic love. I personally think of love as
something that people feel for each other just because they
are both people. I believe there is an element of love
between all people. Love is viewed differently by different
people, but these beliefs have little to do with what time
period these people lived in. It appears that as time goes by,
people view marriage more romantically, and less
economically. Samuell Sewell viewed marriage as a way to
advance monetarily. In his diary he writes, “I said ‘twould
cost L100. per annum: she said twould cost but L40″(63).

This is just one example of him carefully calculating the costs
of marriage. Anne Bradstreet viewed marriage more of a
way of expressing love. In her poem, “To My Dear and
Loving Husband” Bradstreet writes, “If ever man were loved
by wife, then thee; If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can”(51). Bradstreet
obviously married for romantic reasons. I believe marriage is
something that should be done for romantic reasons. This is
a popular belief in modern America. Throughout time,
marriage has changed greatly, and so have the reasons
people marry. I personally saw myself relating to Bradstreet
in many ways, but rarely agreeing with Winthrop or Sewell.

In conclusion, overall, the people of the colonial period had
more traditional values than people of today.

Category: History


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