The colonies experienced much freedom due to Britain’s policy of Salutary Neglect. Britain’s policy of salutary neglect played a huge role in the development of the American colonies. Although the colonies were British settlements, Britain did not force their rules and beliefs onto them. The lack of strong British rule allowed the colonies to have a say in what type of nation they wished to become. Salutary Neglect enabled the colonies to develop religious freedoms, legislative assemblies, such as the House of Burgesses, and improved the American commerce by allowing the colonies to violate trading laws such as the Navigation Act.
The Virginia House of Burgesses was a system of representative government created by the Virginia Company, first convened in 1619. It could make laws and levy taxes; however, the English governor and council could veto its acts. New England’s Town Meetings were the main institution of local government in a Yeoman Society in which most adult men had a vote. (1630-1700). Both were significant because they are both institution of governments created by the people to represent the people. The Virginia House of Burgesses attracted the migrants and the Town Meetings were created to fit the need of the Purtians’
In colonial America, democracy was a slow process. They did, however, have some of the features necessary for one. At the same time, there were features that did not associate it with a democracy. There were many democratic and undemocratic features about colonial America, although democracy was still a work in progress at that time.
...the Arbella sermon to the other two documents the Puritan settlers failed. Winthrop's main objective was to live peacefully with love uniting the landscape. He optimistically wanted the rich to respect the poor and the poor to admire the rich. Even in today's society that is a hard wish to make true. I believe that most of the successes and failures occurred in spite of Puritanism. Puritanism is simply a type of lifestyle. Even with people practicing the same religion conflicts are going to occur; this has always been the case and always will. However, with so many Puritans living in the same demagogue it is hard to believe that religion did not have a major part in the shaping of the colony. Overall, the Puritans wanted a new home and they got it despite all the hardships along the way. Therefore, it is hard to explain why New England was a complete failure.
Throughout the entire development of colonial British North America, Religion played an important role. Spiritual beliefs became the most popular reason for emigration from England to America, a deciding factor on a colony’s triumph, and, more importantly, it became a source of stability and strength for the communities. Without the presence of religion, North America would probably be less populated and cultured and could possibly fail to contain the values that are so important, even in the society of today.
The democracy introduced by the Constitution was much different than the monarchial roots it descended from. In Great Britain, the Crown represented power over all. The influence of the Crown was so great that without the permission of the King no laws could pass. On top of these powers, the King was able to tax freely and was in charge of appointing members of the government. This meant that any person wishing to “serve” the country as a civil servant had to curry favor with the monarch. This method of selection almost guaranteed that all appointed members of the government were people with a large degree of wealth and power. Needless to say, this opened the doors to corruption as many members of the government or military took bonuses on top of their initial high salaries. As for the colonies, any organized form of government was nearly non-existent. Every colony had its own governing body and with every colony focusing on its own agenda, maintaining control ...
Colonists were able to practice democracy in the colonies. Democratic principles of equality, individual or human rights, and regular and fair elections were found throughout the colonies. Since England was far away, colonists practiced self-government. In colonial America, democracy was a work in progress with democratic and undemocratic features.
Since the founding of the Thirteen Colonies, the colonists enjoyed a degree of autonomy and self sufficiency from the mother country, England. The colonies had colonial assemblies, which were more democratic than England’s and were independent governments. British mercantilist laws were not strictly enforced due to the policy commonly referred to as salutary neglect. However, as the British increasingly ignore the problems the colonies faced, the colonies began to look for a common government to lead them. This eventually led to three distinct efforts at intercolonial cooperation and union: The New England Confederation, Penn’s Plan of Union, and The Albany Plan of Union. Therefore, although there were unsuccessful attempts to unite the colonies, there was a strong desire for a common government.
Voting in the colonies came to have strict requirements regarding who was allowed to vote. Only white, male Christians who owned land had the right to vote (Doc 2). If you strayed from even one of these requirements you were not allowed to vote. This left politics to one particular group of people. General Assemblies were established in which governors were elected, by those could vote, to run theses courts (Doc 3). The House of Burgess was established as well as the General Assemblies and it consisted of representatives who were elected by the people (Doc 6).
The Christian religious groups had a major influential role in the British colonies around the time of 1600 and 1776. They attempted to start the religion through the government and the town rules. They would make laws that would make everyone attend a house of worship and pay taxes that funded the salaries of ministers, eight of the thirteen British colonies of established churches and practices a different version of a non-Christian faith. The religion inspired both good and bad with many religious leaders. Many of the outpourings from this period are either supported or not supported at all by the enlightenment.