Presentation on theme: "The Colonial Experience Chapter 4 Section 1. Colonists’ Rights * ‘voice in government’ - elect representatives to the legislature *1619 - representative."— Presentation transcript:
The Colonial Experience Chapter 4 Section 1
Colonists’ Rights * ‘voice in government’ - elect representatives to the legislature * representative government - Burgesses *colonists are still citizens of England
Royal Authority - each colony established through a charter. - England (Monarch) had final authority - Throughout ’s - England busy with war - colonists governed themselves
What would happen if a colony challenged England’s authority?
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
Compare and Contrast ‘citizenship rights’ of an English citizen to an American citizen today.
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?’
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
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”
A Call for Freedom of the Press - John Peter Zenger’s Trial - what was the outcome?
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.