The Colonial American Dream - Research Article from Literary Themes: The American Dream

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The Colonial American Dream

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Puritanical colonial literature reveals the Pilgrims' belief that they were God's chosen people—the new Israelites—whom God protected on their way to the promised land. Because they were chosen, they felt a special responsibility to God and God's divine plan, which demanded they live according to God's Word. Bible scripture, then, is often quoted in the works of Puritan writers, as are references to sins against God and punishment for offenses made against God. Religious literature from colonial times also reveals the Puritanical belief that America was the result of God's providential design, that the American experience was reliant on Puritan beliefs and codes of behavior.

William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation describes the trials experienced by Pilgrims in England, Holland, and North America from 1620 to 1647. In it, Bradford regards his fellow Pilgrims as chosen people destined to fulfill...

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