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The New England Puritan communities were intolerant of those who refused to conform to the rigid ideology of those in power. Over time there were Puritans that were expelled from the Massachusetts colony. These expulsions led to the founding of other colonies, in this case the colony of Rhode Island founded by Roger Williams. One of the benefits of this colony was that the colony was founded upon more tolerant principles among which welcomed the Jewish and Quakers. However, when Massachusetts exile Anne Hutchinson was given refuge by the tolerant Roger Williams in Rhode Island her beliefs proved intolerant even to the tolerant. The 'lows' you ask about are definitely grounded in the limits of even the colonies that were founded upon tolerance.
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