Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
Many immigrants came to America to escape religious persecution in their native lands. Narrated by actor James Whitmore, this documentary shows how the promise of religious freedom drew many 18th and 19th century immigrants, whose various faiths contributed to the strength of the United States. This is the final installment in the 13-volume American Documents documentary series, which presents United States history in an entertaining, yet well-researched manner. Highlights of this program include historical paintings and photographs, and information about religious groups such as the Amish and the inventive, celibate Shakers, a sect that broke away from the Quakers.
Amish, escape, freedom-of-religion, immigration, persecution, Quaker, religion, Shakers