Most people today take religious liberty, democracy and equality for granted. These things did not exist back in the days of William Penn. Anyone not worshiping in the ‘right’ religion or church was imprisoned, killed, tortured and/or expelled out of the country.
People were not equal. If someone did not pay their debt, they were either thrown into debtors prison, or became a slave to the debt holder. Slavery was the norm.
Government was run by the privileged few, and voting was not allowed or restricted only to the richest class. Ordinary serfs, women, natives and slaves would certainly have no rights, no ‘freedom’ and no legal standing and could not vote.
William Penn took the QUIET and SILENT path less traveled, and paid a high price for it. But because he dreamed a visionary dream of people living in unity, via consensus, inside of an open bottom’s up democracy, with freedom, rights and equality, America was ‘born’.
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