Honors U.S History
15 September 2013
Society Vs. Individual
The period of American History 1607-1763 is best understood using the Society Vs. Individual theme. Three examples demonstrate this. The three identifications that are used as evidence to support my thesis are Anne Hutchinson, Metacom, and the Enlightenment. All three of the identifications show how the Society vs. Individual theme represented the period of American History from 1607-1763.
To begin, Anne Hutchinson is a Puritan activist who lived in New England with the Puritan colony from 1636-1638. Anne Hutchinson fits into the Society vs. Individual theme because she went against the Puritan church because she believed that Puritans don’t have to follow the rules so strictly. This is an example of the Society vs. Individual theme because Anne later was trialed and exiled from the boston colony. She changed American Governing because she believed in personal freedom and later America became a nation based on freedom. Anne Hutchinson’s specail actions shaped the future of society using enlightenment thinking, including freedom of speech and religion.
Metacom was a Native American leader who united tribes to rise up against the Europeans. The Native Americans were underdogs in the early period of American History because the Europeans were more advanced in weapons and military. Metacom and his army were not successful but is represents the theme because they were the underdogs and shaped the society of rebelling against the Europeans because this was a theme that happens throughout American History.
The final identification that supports the Society vs. Individual theme is the enlightenment. The enlightenment was the most important event in American
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