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American History

            American history has been a history of conflict. We have been a witness to so many different acts of conflict. Whether it is about religion, politics or America's labor system, there have been countless acts of disagreements among all of these categories. .
             America is now known for being a country of religious freedom. When people from overseas began to come over to America, one of the reasons they came was to be able to live, religiously, the way they wanted. Settlers, who did not agree with the idea that uniformity must be present in each society, settled the northern colonies that helped form the United States. From this act the New England colonies were formed and were later known, "as plantations of religion". Settlers fled to this land in order to be able to practice religion as they pleased, here they had the opposite to what they had in Europe. There was no one here to tell them how to or what to believe when it came to their religious beliefs. The Puritans were another religious group that came to America to practice their own religious doings, as they felt right. They "wished to reform and purify the Church of England of what they considered to be unacceptable residues of Roman Catholicism". Puritan settlers were often punished because of their religious beliefs. In Europe a man was sentenced to jail for life and hurt badly because he would not follow the rules of the Church of England. (http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel01.html) Jews settled in what is now present day New Jersey and were able to establish many synagogues. Many settlers would do anything for themselves and their families to be free form the harsh punishments laid upon those who didn't follow religious orders. Many of them came to America to stop the treatment, this is what began some of Americas religious freedom. Settlers from different countries came here to establish, more firmly, their religious beliefs.

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