The Damned Neighbors Problem: Rousseau’s Civil Religion Revisited

We can find important elements of Rousseau’s approach still alive and well in American politics and culture today. Abstract Near the conclusion of The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau starkly proclaims that no state has been founded without a religious basis, and thus if he is right, every political community must grapple with the tension between[…]

Puritan Persecution of Non-Protestants in Colonial America

Although they were victims of religious persecution in Europe, the Puritans supported and pursued it in the colonies against others. Introduction The Persecuted become the Persecutors Although they were victims of religious persecution in Europe, the Puritans supported the Old World theory that sanctioned it, the need for uniformity of religion in the state. Once[…]

The Rise and Fall of Puritan Theocracy in Early Colonial Massachusetts

Starting with the 1620 Plymouth covenant, religion colored Massachusetts law. One of the reasons New England towns were small was so families could walk to required church services. As was the case in Lenox, the meeting house was part of initial town development and was used for both religious and civic meetings. As of 1647,[…]

5 of the Most Compelling Couples in History

Most couples are content to build their lives and their families as they try to maintain the spark that started it all. Doing that may seem like a Slots Play Casinos toss-up but throughout history there have been couples whose passion ignited great art, political instability, war, controversy and other major unheavals.  Check out five stories of[…]

The History of Checking

The concept of banking has existed in some form or another since settled civilizations began. Once successful people gained lots of currency, they sought ways to safely store it.  Checking, however, is a slightly more complicated banking concept. In the 1500s, expensive Asian goods hit the European market. Wealthy people needed a way to regularly[…]