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William Penn

William Penn And His Isolation

At the age of 22, Penn became a Quaker. Quakers believe in an "inner light" that came directly from God. They also refused to bow or take off their hates to any man and also refused to take up arms. Penn's religious views ended up with him being exiled from English society. He was expelled from Christ Church, Oxford and was arrested several times. People refused to accept Penn's religious views.

After the cruel punishment from his people in England, Penn fled to North America out of shame. He wanted to establish a Quaker settlement where he could feel accepted in his community. However, New England Puritans were just as harsh towards the Quakers as the others. They even banished some to the Caribbean.

Why was Penn isolated?

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BackgroundWilliam Penn was born on October 14, 1644 in London, United Kingdom. In his life, Penn founded the Province of Pennsylvania and some of his democratic principles he set forth were inspiration for the United States Constitution!

Guilt and shame manifests when someone thinks they did something wrong or believes in something different from others. A way to deal with this feeling of guilt is to talk to someone about it or to try to fix what you think is wrong.

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it."



Society could have helped end Penn's isolation if they took the time to understand his views. They didn't have to agree with it, but they should have at least heard him out.


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