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Democracy in Colonial Wethersfield


            Democracy in Colonial Wethersfield, Connecticut.
             With Wethersfield Connecticut as an example the American society was .
             becoming less democratic in most situations. The colonies were suppose to be a way for .
             people to get freedom though it seemed as if the had less freedom when arriving to .
             America. One category that the colonies were lacking democracy in was property .
             distribution.
             The wealthiest men paid less taxes than did the poor citizens, thus came the .
             saying, the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor. Also 90% of all land was owned by the .
             welathy people. Another negative towards democracy was that the rich controlled the .
             church and the government, which led to less freedom for the poor.
             The social structure was a major problem because of preferrential treatment. .
             Teachers, and doctors were looked less upon as the ministers in the colonies. Though .
             more people were able to vote blacks, and women still did not have that right, causing .
             another negative towards democracy. Also the top two wealthiest gruops in the colonies .
             held the most high offices.
             Finally, religion was one of the least democratic parts of the colonies in the mid .
             1700's. Connecticut law said that you must get consent from Rev. Lockwood to be able .
             to preach, which deminished freedom of religion. Sober Dissenters were made to pay .
             church taxes even though they did not support the church's beliefs. Ministers wer not .
             made to pay any taxes causing a bigger gap between democracy and the colonies.
             So many people may believe that America was moving to democracy as early as .
             the 1700's but I would disagree. If anything the colonists were restricted as much as they .
             were in their own homeland. I also believe that America was a big waste until after the .
             American Revolution, which is when the democracy began for the colonists.
            


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