Lecture: "The Second Great Migration: Religious Refugees and the Remaking of America, 1678-1690," Owen Stanwood, Kluge Fellow
March 20, 2008, 12:00 Noon (LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building)
This event is free and open to the public; no reservations or tickets are required.
During the latter part of the seventeenth century thousands of Protestant radicals emigrated to England's American colonies. Though generally neglected by historians, these newcomers had an enormous impact on colonial life, contributing to a thorough transformation of American politics and religion. This lecture follows the migrants from Europe to the colonies, outlining the continent-wide crisis that encouraged many radicals to leave, and explaining their contributions in the New World. As survivors of persecution - often at the hands of Catholics - these refugees had a paradoxical impact. On one hand, they railed against the evils of "popery," helping to create an anti-Catholic ethos that dominated eighteenth-century America. At the same time, they demanded toleration for all Protestants and a greater appreciation of religious and ethnic diversity. The result was an American society that combined a high degree of pluralism and tolerance with a shocking and virulent fear of religious outsiders.
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