British Protestants from Ireland to North America (the so-called Scotch-Irish but prompting emigration from Bermuda, England's. The clustering in towns was ideal for having the minister and his aides keep watch on all the inhabitants. Puritans had no theological objections to sports and games as long as they did not involve gambling (which eliminated activities such as billiards, shuffleboard, horse racing, bowling and cards). The franchise was limited to Congregational church members in Massachusetts and New Haven, but voting rights were more extensive in Connecticut and Plymouth. There were two types of elders. The use of Scripture, however, soon came to be a great cause of offense between Puritans and their Anglican opponents and among Puritans themselves. But for a time they were kept united by the common necessity of opposing the alliance between the High Church party and the Crown which took place under James. The General Court passed a law prohibiting these crimes on Sunday. Like most of the clergy in Massachusetts, Wilson taught preparationism, the belief that human actions were "a means of preparation for Gods grant of saving grace and. During the reign of Elizabeth I, Puritans were for the most part tolerated within the established church.
They also opposed blood sports, such as cockfighting, cudgel-fighting and bear-baiting. In 1642, Massachusetts required heads of households to teach their wives, children and servants basic reading and writing so that they could read the Bible and understand colonial laws. Pilgrims were a Separatist group, and they established the. Women could divorce their husbands in certain circumstances adultery, willful desertion, and physical cruelty. Having entered into such a covenant, eligible voters were responsible for choosing qualified men to govern and to obey such rulers, who ultimately received their authority from God and were responsible for using it to promote the common good. "The Great Care of Godly Parents: Early Childhood in Puritan New England".
What Society is Today, Vision of Race in America, author Shelby Steele, African American, Hawthornes Presentation of the Puritan,