Puritans by alicejenny


& Murder
          Historian Sarah Vowell
   NPR Interview

   What follows is Howell‘s
    Comments on Reverend
    Cotton‘s Farewell speech to
    the colonists of the
    Massachusetts Bay Company
    in 1630.

   Approximately 700 people
    heard the sermon.
          Historian Sarah Vowell
   ―Cotton's sermon is titled "God's Promise to His
    Plantation." He begins with one of the loveliest
    passages from the book of Second Samuel, an
    otherwise R-rated chronicle of King David's serial-
    killer years. Chapter 7, verse 10: "I will appoint a
    place for my people in Israel, and I will plant them,
    that they may dwell in a place of their own, and
    move no more." Sounds so homey, like that column
    in the real estate section of the New York Times
    about how people found their apartments. Until I
    remember that talk like this is the match still lighting
    the fuse of a thousand car bombs.‖—excerpt
     Historian Sarah Vowell
 ―What [Reverend] Cotton is telling
 these about-to-be-Americans is that
 they are God's new chosen people.
 This they like to hear.. And, like the
 Old Testament Jews, God has printed
 up eviction notices for them to tack
 up on the homes of the nothing-
 special, just-folks folks who are
 squatting there.‖
        Historian Sarah Vowell
   ―By the time Cotton says amen, he has fought
    Mexico for Texas, bought Alaska from the
    Russians, and dropped napalm on Vietnam. Then
    he lays a wreath on Custer's grave and revs past
    Wounded Knee. Then he claps when the Marquis
    de Lafayette tells Congress that "someday
    America will save the world." Then he smiles
    when Abraham Lincoln calls the United States
    "the last best hope of earth." Then he frees
    Cuba, which would be news to Cuba. Then he
    signs the lease on Guantánamo Bay.‖ –excerpt
 What were the Puritans REALLY like?
 How far would they go to please God and
  follow the Bible?
 How human were they?
 Are we that different from our cultural
 How much of our society is shaped by the
  Puritans? Or have we abandoned some of
  their best attributes?
                           Media Coverage
Queens Woman is Stabbed to                    37 Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call Police
Death in Front of Home
                                              NY Times: March 27, 1964
NY Times: March 14, 1964
                                                      Thoughts on Terror and Kitty Genovese
Kitty Genovese: Would New York Still Turn             Chicago Sun Times: October 1, 1989
                                 Reviving Kitty Genovese Case and its Passions
NY Times: March 11, 1989
                                 NY Times: July 25, 1995

    20 Years After the Murder of Kitty
                                                           When Crimes Become Symbols
    Genovese the Question Remains: Why?
                                                           NY Times: May 7, 1989
    NY Times: March 12, 1984
   Kitty, 40 Years Later
                                   Coping: The Crimes that Haunt our Dreams
   NY Times: February 8, 2004
                                NY Times: December 15, 2002
One Witness Better Than 38 in a Crisis         Apathy is Puzzle in Queens Killing
NY Times: July 10, 1966                               NY Times: March 28, 1964
Kitty Genovese

         July 7, 1935 – March 13, 1964
    Neighborhood Response
    ―There is no one death that has come
since that can compare to it. It is the point
we look back to and say, ‗That‘s where
things changed – the beginning of the end
of decency.‘‖

  - Bruce O‘Connor,
  neighborhood business owner
            Bystander Effect
   The Bystander Effect

   An Experiment
    Sermon, The Boondock Saints
   ―And I am reminded, on this holy day, of the sad
    story of Kitty Genovese. As you all may
    remember, a long time ago, almost thirty years
    ago, this poor soul cried out for help time and
    time again, but no person answered her calls.
    Though many saw, no one so much as called
    the police. They all just watched as Kitty was
    being stabbed to death in broad daylight. They
    watched as her assailant walked away. Now, we
    must all fear evil men. But there is another kind
    of evil which we must fear most, and that is the
    indifference of good men.‖

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