Various groups in this period of colonial history seized on the language of freedom to advance their goals. Analyze how these groups defined freedom and used its language. How successful were they in achieving their goals?
Discuss the major social and political crises that the English colonies of North America experienced in the late seventeenth century. What were the sources of these crises, and how did they affect the inhabitants of the colonies?
William Penn called his colony a "holy experiment." Chronicle the development of Pennsylvania, with particular attention to the advantages that the colony offered to settlers. What liberties were guaranteed and to whom? Why and how did conflicts with the Indians start?
The Glorious Revolution solidified the notion that liberty was a birthright of the Englishman. Explain how the Glorious Revolution contributed to this idea and how it subsequently affected the colonies. Did all of the colonists react to the Glorious Revolution in the same way? If there were differences, what were they? How was the language of liberty used?