Some of the persecutions in colonial America



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May 13, 1648, Plymouth: Miss Margaret Jones of Charlestown is found guilty of witchcraft and is sentenced to be hanged
October 27, 1659, Boston: Quakers William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson are publicly hanged and their bodies thrown into an open pit for preaching “Quakerism” in Boston
June 1, 1660, Boston: Boston hangs Quaker Mary Dyer for entering Boston.
1661: Connecticut hangs 10 people for “familiarity with the Devil.”
1661: Maryland kills a “little old woman” and throws her corpse into the sea to calm a storm
1692, Salem: From March to October, Salem hangs 19 men and women for witchcraft. One man, Giles Corey, is “pressed” to death by a stone because he refused to speak to the charge of witchcraft.

Physical torture
1618, Jamestown: Governor decrees that those who miss church will be jailed “lying neck and heels in the Corps of Gard ye night following and be a slave ye week following.”
1632, Plymouth: Colony enacts a law punishing adultery with death.
1639, Plymouth: A woman found guilty of adultery is publicly whipped, then dragged through the streets of Plymouth and forced to wear the letters “AD” on her left sleeve. She is notified that if she removes the letters from her clothing, her face will be burned with a hot iron.
1639, Massachusetts: General Court of Massachusetts enacts law forbidding the drinking of toasts and the wearing of “immoderate great breeches.” It amends the law of 1632 reducing the penalty for adultery from death to branding.
July 1651, Boston: Baptists Dr. John Clarke and Obediah Holmes are arrested in Lynn, Mass., for holding services in a private home. Clarke is imprisoned, Holmes is publicly whipped.
October 1697, Massachusetts enacts law punishing atheism by whipping and boring through the tongue with a hot iron

1624, Plymouth: Puritan minister John Lyford, sent by the English sponsors of the colony, is accused of Anglican bias and banished from the colony.
1636: Roger Williams, Puritan pastor at Salem and Plymouth, is convicted of heresy and banished from Massachusetts for his belief that church and state should be separate
November 16, 1637, Massachusetts: Mrs. Anne Hutchinson is banished from Massachusetts for opposing Puritan laws mandating, among other items, church attendance and “reverence toward ministers”
July 14, 1638: Rev. John Wheelwright, a clergyman in Boston and Braintree, is banished from Massachusetts for supporting Anne Hutchinson's ideas on civil freedom and tolerance Wheelwright and 36 male followers establish the settlement of Exeter, New Hampshire.
May 26, 1647, Massachusetts: Massachusetts law bars Catholic priests from entering Massachusetts. Penalty for first offense is banishment. Penalty for second offense is death.
July 1656, Boston: Quakers Mary Fisher and Ann Austin enter Boston and are strip searched, jailed, and banished because of their religion
May 27, 1668, Massachusetts: Baptists Thomas Gold, William Turner, and John Farnum are exiled from Massachusetts because of their religion

…and many more…