Puritans against Game

Although attention is paid to the South, Midwest, and West, there is strong correlation of all areas with the development of playing, in the Northeast, especially New York City.

The considerable time, therefore, will be spent on gambling research in New York City and New York State.

The English legal system played a leading role in shaping the development of American legal thought and its institutions, and so it was with the laws of gambling before and after the American Revolution.

The Puritans of John Winthrop were among the first settlers on the North American continent.

Those who settled in what is now Massachusetts-sanctioned game from the beginning, but their disapproval were not originally based on the belief that such activity was bad intrinsically or directly contrary to God’s teaching.

That the “word” had only one legitimate source, the Bible. While theft and adultery were specifically prohibited, the Bible did not expressly condemn the game.

Nevertheless, in its first year of existence, the Massachusetts Bay Colony outlawed the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables, even in private homes. In addition, although games in general were not expressly prohibited, they clearly fell under the idleness status of 1633.

Early settlers opposed any unproductive use of time, and the gambling game was condemned as a form of idleness. Other forbidden deviations included dancing, singing, and walking all useless Sunday.

Connecticut law followed a similar course and denounced gambling playing if the game was present, because it prompted ‘… a lot of valuable time to be spent unfruitfully. ‘

Several factors combined to produce Puritan opposition to entertainment reflected in and exemplified by this early Northeast Legislature: The harsh and unfamiliar American desert, the danger of hostile Indian attack, and the possibility of famine or disease.

Later statutes considered other problems – the welfare of innocent families, public safety, and juvenile delinquency.

In 1721, a New Hampshire act against gambling, for example, spoke of a need to prevent the unnecessary impoverishment of the gambler’s family.

Moreover, a New York statute has raised concerns for the financial ruin of the gambler and gaming-related violence, while a 1748 New Jersey act equated idleness and immorality with fraud and fraud. corruption of youth.

Lotteries have also emigrated the shortest times on the American scene. However, they caused an argument derived from the Bible that specifically condemned such activity.

Although the growth of a functioning, non-religious class in the puritanical middle led to a weakening of religious influence, the Puritans did not take their political power loss slightly.

Puritan theologians ahead began to interpret recurring woes as signs of God’s wrath with the degradation of puritanism.