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A Reforming PeoplePuritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England$
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David D. Hall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807873113

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837115_hall

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An Equitable Society

An Equitable Society

Ethics, the Law, and Authority

(p.127) Chapter Four An Equitable Society
A Reforming People

David D. Hall

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on how the colonists made efforts to implement equitable principles of governance in the colonies, including New England. The ministers appointed by the colonists emphasized these principles to establish an equitable society in the colony. The colonists realized that focusing on the development and welfare of the people would reduce conflicts and opposition to their rule, while maintaining peace and order in society. Governance policies were formulated on the basis of the sacred Scriptures, the Testaments, and the Commandments to foster the people to comply. The chapter finds that an equitable society based on these holy principles required the governors to give equal rights to the colonized people. The people were also required to follow these principles earnestly and obey their parents, elders, and the king, while maintaining peace and order in the colonies.

Keywords:   New England, governance, scrptures, testament, commandents, colony

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