(Bev: So, in 1776, America declared its independence and became the country we know today, though originally with 13 states instead of 50.  Were these Americans the first people on the continent?  No, the Native Americans were here first.  Did America commit horrors such as the betrayal of their Native American neighbors and the enslavement of millions of Africans?  Yes, this is a sad truth in the nation’s history that should not be denied nor downplayed.  Does this negate the reality of the religious intentions of the initial group of settlers we commonly refer to as the Pilgrims?  No, this does not mean that at all.)

(Scott: Just like the persecuted Reformers in Europe actually had moments of being violent against those that disagreed with them, thus causing folks to travel to the New World in search of religious freedom, the American colonists could also be aggressive against those that believed differently, meaning the land of the free also had religious persecution happening at times.  Additionally, the new arrivals did try to coexist peacefully with the Native Americans at first until the new nation chose to break all of its promises much later due to new, wicked philosophies being taught in the schools and churches encouraging the mindset of superior and inferior races.)

(Bev: So yes, both America and the Reformers have dark chapters of mistreating other people groups in their histories, and there were some explorers that came to this land out of mere greed, but that does not automatically erase the fact that there were individuals among them with purer intentions.)

(Scott: The conflict between those multiple motives might be best evidenced in the nation’s big event of the mid-nineteenth century.  What took place from 1861 to 1865?)

-The Revolutionary War-

-The American Reformation-

-The Great Awakening-

-The American Civil War-

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