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This Week’s New History Highlights for March 19, 2016

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How the Scots-Irish Came to America (And What They Brought With Them)

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In the summer of 1718, five ships of Scots-Irish immigrants from Ulster arrived in Boston to an uncertain welcome. The Puritan leaders sympathized with their fellow Protestants who also endured Anglican intolerance.  But the newcomers came from an impoverished land, and whether they could support themselves was an open question. Click for more.

Seven Strange Facts About Colonial Funerals

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Many of today’s traditions, such as giving right of way to a funeral procession, stem from the earliest days of America. Other traditions from Colonial Funerals have died away or been altered over time. Here are seven strange funeral practices that have been done away with in modern times. Click for more.

The Puritanical Controversy Over the Meetinghouse Stove

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It took a century or so, but the Puritans finally introduced stoves into their meetinghouses -- sometimes with results that made even a Puritan laugh. Click for more.

Sleeping in Church, Excessive Roystering and Scurvy Cures – Early Laws of Massachusetts

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Think we have crime problems today? In the 1630s, Massachusetts was plagued by sleeping in church, fake scurvy cures and excessive roystering to name just a few of the offenses the courts had to deal with. Click for more.

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  1. Diane Tufts

    March 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Henry Tufts (the man that looks like a pilgrim in the drawing) was a real scoundrel & lawbreaker. He broke out of almost every single jail in the area (except Castle Rock) & was pardoned by the Governor. He ended up going off with the Native American tribe in his area & never being seen again. He was a bigamist, a thief, and arsonist.

  2. Emily S Palmer

    March 19, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Thanks for the Scots-Irish article. Will have to read it as my Daniel McMains was in Rutland MA and moved down to Voluntown CT where my Palmers lived. Almost certain he was Scots-Irish.

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