Notes on Puritan America


  • Please read the following three articles on the influence of Puritanism in America — remember, Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale is an extremist Puritan society, as was the society we read about in The Crucible.
  • Take one page of bullet point notes, front and back (or more), that you will use to discuss the influence of Puritanism on American society in a Socratic seminar.
  • Your notes must be in your own words. Paraphrasing a complex text — putting it in your own words — is what shows that you understand its meaning, and can take some ownership of its ideas.


Still Puritan After All These Years

Our Inner Puritans: America may still be a Puritan nation

How America’s Puritan Roots Helped Create Its Unforgiving Prison Culture




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