It's the year 1692 in colonial New England—Salem, to be precise. In a courtroom, someone is being accused of witchcraft. Totally crazy, right? We agree, but the Salem Witch Trials really did happen. Before everyone came to their senses, 19 people were hanged and 2 dogs were killed, and Arthur Miller had the tragic subject for one of his most famous plays.
|U.S. History||Colonial America: 1600-1754|
Okay, so maybe it’s not that simple.
However, there were a number of formative characters and events that certainly helped
shape our nation. You’ve got the Puritans, whose religious
beliefs might be considered extreme by our standards…
… but their uncompromising devotion to those beliefs paved the way for our modern spiritual
society. The Salem witch trials may seem outrageous
to us… …but it wasn’t that long ago that we dealt
with McCarthyism in this country…
…and many others have been unfairly persecuted since.
Like those poor Olsen twins. Even the way we get information has undergone
a considerable makeover.
We live in a time where media rules the day…
…but that media got its start several hundred years ago with the advent of the modern printing
press. Things have changed since then…
…but if not for those first newspapers, we wouldn’t have “I Can Has Cheezburger”
today… Without revivalism and the Great Awakening…
…we might not have separation of church and state.
And without the establishment of those first 13 colonies…
…well, we never would have been able to add the 37 others, right?
Interested to find out how America got its start?
Take a trip with us back through time…
… and we’ll tell you all about her.
Ain’t she a cutie?