Landscape of Freedom: The Story of American Liberty and Bigotry

Landscape of Freedom: The Story of American Liberty and Bigotry

Landscape of Freedom: The Story of American Liberty and Bigotry

Landscape of Freedom: The Story of American Liberty and Bigotry

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A wave of bigotry and persecution made the seventeenth century one of the blackest in Europe's dark history, but it had certain cheerful aspects for the material-minded men who fathered the colonization of America. The directors of the London Company and other commercial groups, who had hoped in vain that America would yield great stores of gold, needed boatloads of immigrants to people the American settlements, clear the forests, and set up units of trade which would compensate the companies for their frustrated dreams of golden treasure. Virginia, the New Netherlands, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, and other colonies needed workers--and it was difficult to lure men away from the security of Europe. Despite its prayers and propaganda, the London Company, for example, found that English farmers and artisans were not inclined to exchange their few comforts at home for a hazardous existence among savages in the forests of Virginia. It was . . .

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