Like most things taught to us about the US in grade school, a moment’s thought will reveal that the idea that the US was founded by Puritans is baloney. The “Puritans” settled a relatively small area, New England. At the same time, areas to the south were settled by English people with different attitudes, quite a mix of different attitudes. Then of course there was the huge influx of African peoples with slavery. And huge amounts of growth later in the 18th and 19th centuries as immigrants from other European nations arrived. The idea of “Puritan founders” got the biggest boost with anti-Communist and other forms of nationalism in the '40s forward. I keep using scare quotes around “Puritans” because the popular conception of them is not very accurate. Really, they’re pretty alien and hard for us to understand. Certainly their attitudes toward sex were rather different that the popular conception. You could sleep together before marriage in some communities/households (not uncommon). And marriage/birth records show that many babies were born considerably less than nine months after marriage. This is getting random, but my kids are starting to get nuts, um, and, oh yeah, if you read some of the texts really pushing the idea of Puritan founders, you can easily notice all the cognitive dissonance and omissions that indicate something really strange is going on, as when Perry Miller setting out to write on of the big texts on this, Errand in the Wilderness, describes his early days in the Congo, he recalls oil drums floating out of the Congo. Now, given that those trails were occupied by Africans and were (literally) littered on the sides by African bones, it’s a helluva an omission to figure the drums as floating along. Anyway, that’s a pretty common example. If you Google “Perry Miller Congo” you can get a broader discussion. Sorry to be so long-winded. This was my doctoral work up until the guy I wanted to work with got hired away to Princeton.
Continuing the discussion from Groovy 1970s Japanese psychedelic orgy video: