So everyone has heard of Woodstock, right? It was that giant hippie festival where people sat around, did drugs and chilled out for a couple days. That’s what I thought until I stumbled upon an archive describing the history of Woodstock, taking place in New England. This idea was much different than drugged up hippies singing songs in a field.
As it turns out, Woodstock is associated with the first pilgrims of the Colony of Plymouth and Province of Massachusetts Bay. These two colonies were seen as the area of reformation, and many pilgrims left their homes to obtain religious liberty. Now, you’re probably wondering if I am going to find some way to relate the Woodstock music festival and the history of New England, YOU BET I AM.
Woodstock festival was seen as an area of freedom and open acceptance of those around them. Over 600,000 people gathered together for a weekend of carefree antics and social tolerance. Now I am not saying that the history of New England was exactly like this, but the pilgrims of New England were in search of a new religion. This new religion was to be their place of solace and safety, and to many that meant carefree antics and social tolerance.
During both situations there was ongoing social turmoil unfolding all around them, but both are linked together in the idea that the participants were in search of safety and freedom. All those in New England and at the music festival were offered areas in which they were safe and able to openly express their beliefs and were not judged or harmed for exhibiting these behaviors.
So, it turns out that the pilgrims and hippies did have a lot in common. Never thought you would hear that, now did you?