Lead: One of the primary motives behind settlement of North America was religious freedom. The Puritans settled Massachusetts is order to escape what they believed was the English government persecution because of their religious beliefs.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Once they established their settlements, however, it became clear that their idea of religious freedom was nothing close to the 20th century notion of religious toleration. The Puritans desired to be free to worship the way they pleased but if you were to live in Massachusetts, you had to exercise that freedom only if you were a Puritan. If you were a member of the Church of England or a Roman Catholic or a Baptist you would not be permitted to worship. With the exception of Roger Williams, Rhode Island, in which there was an openness to a variety of Protestant worship, only in Maryland was there a serious experiment with religious toleration.

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