What were some problems in colonial middle colonies?
What where some problems that the people of the middle colonies faced? and how were these problems resolved.
- tuffyLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
The addition of race to religion were major problems in the Middle colonies. The Black Plot of 1714 in New York City had the rumor spread that the Catholics were combining withe the slaves to stage a rebellion. the other was in 1764 when Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in western Pennsylvania were enraged at the Quaker assembly in the town of Paxton failed to protect their families from Indian attacks. The frontiersmen went into a village of friendly peaceful Conestoga Indians and killed 20 in cold blood. It was never clear whether race or religion caused these events.
Religious pluralism and its problems had H. Richard Niebuhr discuss that American Protestantism is one of many reformations. Shaken foundations constructed on ruins, "everything is movement; everything a becoming." Yet, the middle colonies people found ways to deal with differences, which led to compromises, a growing toleration of difference, and perhaps the most modern society in British America.
It is apparent that religion was such a major issue (along with race) that the importance of a separtion of church and state was one of the most important statements made in the drawing up of the U.S Constitution that could have been included - it still serves us well today.Source(s): Patricia Bonomi - Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America (1986)
- BarbaraLv 44 years ago
Your question indicates that you really want to know this, but a definitve answer, laced with adequate historical facts, cannot be given in the short time and space I have here (and I may not be totally correct anyhow -- each person has a different perspective). There are several books with the title, The History of the Middle East, one by Mansfield that is rather recent and another that is 'better', The Middle East, A History, Ochsenwald and Fisher,[It was first written as a college text in the 50s, 60s and has since had extensive editing and been reissued 5 times to keep up with history and reflect very recent archeological information and current events, etc.] Get these and study them extensively. Also, talk to some Moslems, some Jews, some Zoroastrians, some Druhz, some secular Jews and Arabs. Read the Quran and the Torah. Then you may draw your own conclusions. That said, I will interject my conclusion based upon serious study begun in the 60s. The area commonly called the Mid-East gave birth to a religion which represses the individual, was ravished and repressed by colonialism of the worst sort, divided geographically along borders convenient for those colonialists, and then abandoned to its fate. Until modern ethics and morality actually take root in the repressive Arab regimes remaining in the area, wars will prevail. If Israel (the only modern and true democracy in the area) were magically 'not there', there would still be brutal wars between the various tribal and ethnic groups, and/or sects within the Islamic community, and repressive fanaticism would run rampant throughout the area while children and women would be treated like chatel, the rich would live like the kings they proclaim to be in extreme providence, while the poor lanquish as they always have, barely surviving, slavelike, uneducated, and desparate. Then, when the oil resources run out, millions would require 'saving' by whatever is left of the Western world to keep them from dieing from desease and starvation. Whatever the 'start' was, the past is harsh and brutal; let's hope the future may be better.