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The Colonial Experience Chapter 4 Section 1.  Colonists’ Rights * ‘voice in government’ - elect representatives to the legislature *1619 - representative.

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1 The Colonial Experience Chapter 4 Section 1

2  Colonists’ Rights * ‘voice in government’ - elect representatives to the legislature * representative government - Burgesses *colonists are still citizens of England

3  Royal Authority - each colony established through a charter. - England (Monarch) had final authority - Throughout ’s - England busy with war - colonists governed themselves

4  What would happen if a colony challenged England’s authority?

5  Preserving Rights - overtime…. - conflict occurs between colonial governors and legislatures - colonial governors - usually appointed - represented interests of England *colonial citizens resisted efforts to ignore their rights and/or weaken their legislatures

6  Compare and Contrast ‘citizenship rights’ of an English citizen to an American citizen today.

7  Why was ‘Freedom of Religion’ and ‘Freedom of the Press’ so important to English colonists?  What conflicts/problems have they faced in regards to these types of ‘freedoms?’

8  Greater Religious Freedom - Religion - no separation between church and state - pay taxes to support official Church of England - Puritans -persecuted those who criticized their religion

9  Greater Religious Freedom - Roger Williams (1636) - founded colony of Rhode Island - created a charter that promised no one would be punished “for any differences in opinions in matters of religion”

10  A Call for Freedom of the Press - John Peter Zenger’s Trial - what was the outcome?

11  Tyranny? ’s - colonists begin to believe that governors are abusing their power and authority- and are worried that they may eventually take their ‘voice in government’ away.


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