Society in the Middle Atlantic colonies was extremely pluralistic. Among the various sects were contingents of Dutch Reformed, Anglican, Lutheran, Quaker, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and Jewish. And the people came from different nationalities, including English, Dutch, Swedish, French, Danish, Irish, Scottish, and German. Education was under control of the churches here too, but since no single denomination controlled the state, the churches operated their schools independently. The clergy often served as teachers in these parochial schools." This pattern of mostly private schools persisted through the Revolution and into the first third of the nineteenth century.
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