In the reading of William Shakespeare and the American People I was surprised that the main entertainment in those days was Shakespeare. In one part of the reading a quote from a German visitor Karl Knortz
There is, assuredly, no other country on the face of this earth in which Shakespeare and the Bible are held in such general high esteem as in America, […]
From reading this I learned that there were so many different ways that people then spent time together reading. Shakespeare was more popular in America that in Europe, the original setting for the plays. To be able to put the Bible on the same importance as Shakespeare says to me that it was very highly regarded in the fact that life had meaning in not just the biblical sense but also in the way that these plays were written.