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Puritan church members in the Massachusetts Bay colony, and later, Congregationalists elsewhere in New England, believed that their contractual relationship with God required them to enforce proper behavior in their communities. This perceived requirement resulted in the enactment of a variety of laws designed to regulate the conduct of all members of society.
In its strictest sense, “blue law”* refers to an edict designed to regulate public activities on the Sabbath, which meant Sunday to the Congregationalists of that day. In common parlance, the term blue law was expanded to include several different areas of behavior:
By the time of the American Revolution, many of the personal conduct laws were no longer enforced. Some, however, have remained on the books to the present day.
The blue laws also underwent a revival of sorts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the nationwide prohibition movement. Many communities also enacted Sunday closing laws, which prohibited businesses from operating on the Sabbath; other areas contented themselves with outlawing the sale of tobacco and liquor on Sundays.
*The origin of the term blue law is disputed. A number of authorities have argued that some of the early laws, or a book describing the regulations, were printed on blue paper. Others suggest that the name is associated with “blue blood,” a term conveying a disapproving view of common behavior.
Another blue law made the sale of alcohol on Sundays illegal. Some communities even outlawed professional sports on Sundays, fearing that these sports drew people away from church and prompted people to engage in sinful activities, sucblue law made the sale of alcohol on Sundays illegal. Some communities even outlawed professional sports on Sundays, fearing that these sports drew people away from church and prompted people to engage in sinful activities, such as ...
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