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Religious Liberty: An American Experiment

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of the roles John Winthrop and Roger Williams played in American history. They will also compare and contrast competing models of religious liberty in the Massachusetts Bay and Rhode Island colonies and assess the significance of each model to the American experiment in religious liberty.
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Essay: Massachusetts Bay and Rhode Island—Two Models of Religious Liberty
Handout A: Club Identity Tickets
Handout B: Club Plans
Handout C: Reformers’ Plans
Handout D: Winthrop and Williams—Two Views of Religious Liberty
Handout E: Venn Diagram
Answer Key
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