The Great Puritan Migration refers to the period in American history between 1630 and 1640, during which 20,000 English Puritans emigrated to the United States. Their principal motivation for leaving England was to escape religious persecution.
These English Protestants believed the Church of England still contained too many holdovers from Catholicism. Voicing their dissatisfaction earned them brutal punishments, including lifelong prison sentences and mutilation. In America, they hoped to engage in a religious experiment to build a church free from persecution and as they saw fit. However, some Puritans engaged in similar persecution against Catholics, requiring church membership as a prerequisite for U.S. citizenship.Learn More
The Iroquois of the North American Eastern Woodlands made skillful use of local natural resources for the purposes of food, shelter, clothing and tools. They typically constructed their settlements around streams and other sources of water.Full Answer >
Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist known for her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. city bus, never had children. She and her husband Raymond were married for almost 45 years when he died in 1977.Full Answer >
The Directory of 1795 was the chief governing body of France between 1795 and 1799. It was the entity that took over the French government in the wake of the Reign of Terror and was the final phase of the French Revolution proper. Its inherent weakness and corruption eventually led to its collapse, and to the ultimate establishment of the Consulate under Napoleon.Full Answer >
Rosa Parks, famous for her civil rights activism, worked in a shirt factory and then as a seamstress in a department store in Montgomery, Alabama. She refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a public bus, and thus started a national push toward ending segregation practices.Full Answer >