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Life in Massachusetts in the late 1600's.

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Karen Underwood

on 11 February 2015

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Religion was the center of Massachusetts society made up of Puritans. "Puritans focused on living simple and peaceful lives" (Hayden, Web).

"The fundamental rule was to follow God's law" (Puritan, Web). Puritans attended church at least twice a week and all paid tithes. Education was important so everyone could read the Bible.

Church was sometimes run by a man who had a long stick to make sure people were paying attention.

Severe punishments for those who violate God's law. Fined for not attending church.
Families mainly farmed, fished.
Wore simple dark clothing for simple style.
Single roomed mud houses.
Women worked at home only.
A town of 50+ families required a tax-supported school.
Life expectancy and literacy rates increase greatly compared to Old England.
Works Cited
Women excluded from church making decisions.
Names of women, Patience, Silence, Fear, Be Fruitful.
By: Julianna Morris and Karen Underwood
Life in Massachusetts in the Late 1600's.
Hayden, Kellie. "The Puritan Daily Life: Research Topic Ideas on Life
as a Puritan in the Colonies."
Bright Hub Education. 17 Oct. 2014. Web. 9 Feb. 2015.

The government was influenced
by the religion.
Only male church members could
vote or be part of the government ("New", Web).
"New England Colonies." New England Colonies. Web. 10 Feb. 2015.
The Puritans had a self government. The church and state were one.
Public humiliation, whippings, hangings, branding, depending on crime
"Puritan Life." Ushistory.org. Independence Hall Association.
Web. 10 Feb. 2015.
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