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1Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution Chapter 5Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution
2Essential QuestionTo what extent were the American colonists “Americanized?”Keep in mind, changing identity and changing ideas, beliefs, and culture are historical themes.
3Colonial SocietyThe natural fertility of the American population led to 2.5 million people living in the colonies by 1775.
4Colonial Society Things to notice: Germans settled heavily in PennsylvaniaThe Scots-Irish, seeing that the Germans had taken most of the farmland in Pennsylvania, moved to the frontier area of Maryland, Virginia, and Western Carolinas.The colonies was probably the most diverse in the world.The South had 90% of the colonies slaves.New England showed the least ethnic diversityIndian tribes intermingled, as they were displaced by white settlers, and created new cultures and societies.Africans, coming from different tribes, intermingled to create a new ethnicity we call African Americans.
5Structure of Colonial Society America was generally more egalitarian than Europe. Most people were small farmers and raised their own crops by their own hard work.But stratification was beginning to occur.The richest 10 percent of Bostonians and Philadelphians, money made as war suppliers, owned 2/3 of the wealth.
6Structure of Colonial Society Almshouses were created in cities to help the poor.Paupers (poor people) were forced to wear the letter “P” on their clothing – they ranked even below indentured servants in society.Wealthy landowners owned most of the slaves and largest tracts of land in the South.There were plenty of indentured servantsConvicts, such as rapists, murders, and thieves were shipped to the colonies.
7Structure of Colonial Society The clergyman was still the most honored profession, although not as much as during the early days of Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth.Agriculture was the leading industry
8The “Triangular Trade” Rum from New England goes to AfricaCaptain trades rum for slaves and goes to the Caribbean (West Indies).Captain exchanges slaves for molasses; takes molasses to New England to make more rum.New England merchants also shipped food and lumber to the Caribbean and traded with the Spanish, Dutch, and French.England had many restrictions on colonial trade but the colonists would ignore British law – Salutary Neglect!!Smuggle goods to French and other European countries.Colonists take money and buy British goods.Britain doesn’t seem to mind too much but British West Indies do!Molasses Act bows to special interests in the British West Indies.How does this economic system help lead to the Revolutionary War?
9Workaday AmericaMercantalism dictated that American colonists buy British products, but England couldn’t keep up with the fast-growing American population’s demands.Worse yet, England’s population couldn’t buy anymore raw material from America because America’s supply was bigger than Britain’s demand.From who do the colonists buy and sell? Hello France and Spain in the West Indies (Caribbean).
10The British government is trying to destroy me! Workaday AmericaGreat Britain’s Parliament decided to pass the Molasses Act, aimed at preventing colonists from trading with the French West Indies. A step toward revolution?The British government is trying to destroy me!
11A Cradle of Democracy?Taverns sprang up along main travel routes in the colonies.All social classes would mingleGossip was a source of news and political opinion
12Dominant Denominations “Established” Churches Anglican ChurchCongregational ChurchTax-supportedOfficial church in Georgia, N. and S. Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and part of New YorkThe Anglican Church suffered in colonial America because of its poorly qualified clergy and close ties with British authoritiesTax-supportedGrew out of the Puritan ChurchEstablished in all of New England, except Rhode Island (of course)Screwed again, thanks a lot EnglandThe Scots-Irish were Presbyterian and the Irish were Catholic, but their religions were never officially supported in the colonies.
13Great Awakening Many worshipers began to doubt predestination. Also, many colonists began to say that individual actions, not your devotion to a particular church’s beliefs, was the path to Heaven.Preach it brotha!George WhitefieldJonathan Edwards
14Effects of the Great Awakening EmotionIncreased competition among churches: schisms developIncreased missionary work among the Native Americans and black slaves.Led to the founding of Princeton, Brown, Rutgers, Dartmouth.United Americans with a common history and shared experiences.
15Charter Colonies: King grants rule directly to the colonists Charter Colonies: King grants rule directly to the colonists. Governors and councils appointed by property-owning colonists.Connecticut and Rhode IslandProprietary Colonies: Land granted by the king to a caretaker. Governor and royal council appointed by the caretaker.Delaware, Maryland, PennsylvaniaRoyal Colonies: Governor and Royal Council are directly controlled of the monarchyGeorgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Virginia
16Politics Freedom of the press is born! John Peter Zenger railed against the corrupt royal governor of New York in his newspaper. He was sued and taken to court. The jury, comprised of colonists, defied British law and determined him to be not guilty.Usually though, colonial legislatures would fight against royal governors by voting to withhold the governor’s salaryThe King of England didn’t want to spend too much money on the colonies so the royal governor had to get paid by the colonial legislatures, the House of Burgesses!This made some royal governors corrupt
17Questions to ConsiderIn what ways were the European colonists being “Americanized?”In what ways was America being “Europeanized?”Was Colonial America communities of conflict or consensus? Why?