Puritans drank beer, loved sex and didn’t burn witches

Not as puritanical as you thought

Pilgrims and Puritans were 17th century-party animals. Author captions added to 123RF stock illustration.

Should we mourn Thanksgiving?

What’s at stake with our history

Once held in high esteem

A fun-loving Puritan couple. Photo: PBS.
Robert W. Weir’s “Embarkation of the Pilgrims” (1843), now at U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Pilgrims are shown on deck before their departure for the New World.

“The Scarlett Letter”

Hollywood has not helped Puritans’ poor image.

Scholars debunk the image of the prudish Puritan

“The Puritans were typical people of their time in that they enjoyed the pleasures of the 17th century,” said Norton. “They liked to drink. They liked to sit and talk. They liked to eat well when they had the food to eat. They enjoyed sex.”

Lovers of God, enjoying good sex

Surprised by the historical facts

The national holiday we call Thanksgiving

Painting of Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. Public domain photo from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Division.
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