Puritan Woman

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A photo, done in the early 1900's, of a woman dressed as a Puritan, holding a book.

Is there a difference between Pilgrims and Puritans? Yes - many. The Pilgrims - who first came to North America on the Mayflower in 1620, after having spent some time in the Netherlands - had separated from the Church of England and were called "Separatists" because of it. They were establishing their own "pure" religion, following the tenets of John Calvin.

The Puritans remained within the Church of England but were trying to rid the Church of any Roman Catholic remnants within it. They were Calvinists, as were the Pilgrims, but after conceding that changes weren't possible, many left England in 1630 and migrated to the Massachusetts area - many others followed and a decade later there were almost 20,000 Puritans in the area.

The original Pilgrims were more tolerant of others - including Native Americans - but the overwhelming numbers of Puritans held sway. They "believed in their God-given superiority". So when we celebrate Thanksgiving, we are celebrating the Pilgrims, not the Puritans.
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Ancient Faces
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Do you know the difference between a "Pilgrim" and a "Puritan"? This circa 1905 photo shows a woman in Puritan dress.
Sep 12, 2017 · Reply
Heather Olmsted
How cute 😊
Sep 12, 2017 · Reply
AncientFaces
And the Puritan's way of looking at others seems to have won out!
Sep 12, 2017 ·
Nancee Hardcastle Gray
So puritans were prejudice even back then, go figure!
Sep 12, 2017 · Reply
AncientFaces
I guess they took the "pure" part of Puritans literally! :)
Sep 12, 2017 ·
Nancee Hardcastle Gray
How pure were they, they were human with faults just like everybody else. No wonder most of them didn't live past 50. LOL.
Sep 12, 2017 ·
Sherie Kelly
An now their called fundamentalist Christians an still as bad if not worse.
Sep 12, 2017 ·
Suzanne DeBernardo
What a biased article. Shame.
Sep 12, 2017 · Reply
AncientFaces
Suzanne DeBarnardo I am so very sorry that you found the article biased. I did a lot of research and this is what I found. My direct ancestors were on the Mayflower and also were Puritans in Boston and the surrounding area. Some of the Puritan side also founded the Baptist church in protest to their Puritan roots. Some of them remained Puritans. Personally, I don't judge any of them - my intent was to simply present who they were. They were people who lived 300 - 400 years ago and they certainly were people who felt strongly. I'm proud of their convictions - all sides.
Sep 12, 2017 ·
Joanne Jacobellis
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AncientFaces I found the article was just explaining how Puritans and Pilgrims were different. We can't change history. We learn from it.
Sep 13, 2017 ·
Terri Allen
Neat picture
Sep 12, 2017 · Reply
Donna Carter
Pilgrims were immigrants seeking religious freedom (among other things). Puritans were a specific religious group.
Sep 12, 2017 · Reply
Anne Stokes
pilgrims were the ones who started builtding this country up from scratch - puritans were a hard core christian group who actually judged and hung so-called witches in Salem
Sep 12, 2017 · Reply
Marilyn S. Thompson
I'm always leery of an article about history , that doesn't cite their sources. To me is just someone's opinion that could or could not be factual. Love the picture.
Sep 12, 2017 · Reply
AncientFaces
Marilyn S. Thompson - it isn't really an article, the picture intrigued me and I researched the background. You can find the information in any of the online encyclopedias.
Sep 12, 2017 ·
Lucinda Sanderson
I could use a review.
Sep 12, 2017 · Reply
MaryJo Heibel Regier
Donda Gorton I swear I thought that was you. 🤣
Sep 12, 2017 · Reply
Donda Gorton
I've been called a lot of thing but pure isn't one! 😇 I see the resemblance though.
Sep 12, 2017 ·
Lynda Lerum
My ancestors were Puritans, came over in 1630. Totally self righteous. Not a good thing.
Sep 12, 2017 · Reply
Janice Heath Carr
Bows! Frivolous!
Sep 13, 2017 · Reply
Joyce Hayes
I love the butterfly bows and the interesting story which will send me off to more research.
Sep 13, 2017 · Reply
Denise Witty
Thank you for sharing the picture and your thoughts.
Sep 13, 2017 · Reply
Lynden Mcdonald
Puritan
Nov 18, 2018 · Reply
Brin Ash
Puritan
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Linda Klein
She seems to be holding a bible.
Nov 18, 2018 · Reply
Randy Bilderback
puritan
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Carolyn D Kaminski
Puritan
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Jill Wagner
It looks like she has flour dusted on her shoulders and arms?
Nov 19, 2018 · Reply
Beth Gordon
Puritan
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