How Democratic Was Colonial America?

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Before the American Revolution, America was evolving into a more self-governing, independent and democratic society. That spark that was formed by the Great Awakening, led to an immense cry for independence. Although they experienced minor improvements in terms of democracy, development of independence for racial minorities, improvement in voting conditions, betterment in the equal distribution of town offices according to financial status of the people, those minor improvements did not enable the town to become more "democratic". With the presence of unequal distribution of property (land), and lack of religious tolerance, Wethersfield didn't demonstrate major progression from the 1750´s to the 1780´s. Small improvements, which helped bring the colonies toward the democracy they were longing for, were good, but not good enough. One of the most notable improvements was that of the free black population, which increased. As seen in the Population Distribution of Wethersfield (Doc A), society was divided between whites, free blacks and slaves. In addition to that, between 1756 and 1774, the number of slaves decreased, yet the number of free black increased. Other than racial liberties, the Distribution of Adult White Males by Political Status in Wethersfield (Doc G) stated that, Wethersfield also received a minor increase in the percentage of adult white males meeting the freeman (voter) requirements, along with a dramatic increase in the percentage of adult white males taking freeman's oath, men voting, and getting elected to town offices between 1751 to 1776. During the 1750's, the most wealthy people in the town held the most property, meaning they obtained the most power and money. As time moved on, though, voting requiremen... ... middle of paper ... ...laws were unfair and should be more reasonable as well as democratic. He thought that it should be fair for all and there is a need of liberty, religion and justice (Doc N). Later on, religious toleration flourished among the colonies. This was a very important change because religious toleration was an important step towards democracy. In conclusion, religions not being accepted by other people and unequal distribution of land led to a small decline in a democracy being formed. Although, there were many small and minor improvements, they did not make that period more democratic. In fact, in the Connecticut Gazette, it showed that the people were yearning and in many ways begging for a democracy and wanted independence (Doc L). Even though that happened, the democracy they wanted did not get as far as they hoped for. Yet, it created doors for more to be done later.

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