Effects of Democratic Societies in the American Colonies The American colonies evolved into a more democratic society due to the contribution of immigration, the Great Awakening and the Zenger case. These key events helped the American colonies become more democratic because they opened a window to the toleration of different religions and foreigners living in the colonies. The Zenger case of 1735 heavily impacted the colonists striving for a democratic society. The Zenger case brought about the Freedom of Press, which would later become the First Amendment. The Freedom of Press gave colonists the right to write and publish articles that may be considered controversial and that attack government officials.
They decided to come to the new world after the Church of England separated from Catholicism in a decision made by King Henry VIII. Although the Church of England and Catholicism were no longer intertwined, they still felt they did not have the entire amount of religious freedom they desired. They decided that the best course of action would be to head to the new world so they could start a society in which they could practice their religious beliefs freely and without persecution. They were also joined by some quakers and catholics who had not joined the church of England, who also wanted freedom to practice their religious beliefs how they saw fit. Although they came to the new world to start a society based on living a religious life,having religious freedom, and being a
As being one of the earliest settlements of the new world, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, settled by Puritans, was to be a colony that many others would look at in either disgust, or idolization. In that, they wanted to not only find a new land to freely practice their religion, and purify their church, but they also wanted to create a pure community altogether to be the light of the New World in the eyes of others. These colonies in New England portrayed equality to great extent, as they wanted “everyone [to]
Economically, the ideals of a community helping each other and not relying on the government- England- originated from the Puritans. This ideal that we can take care of ourselves will be the argument used by Thomas Jefferson as he and the Republicans fight for a state-centered government. Socially, emphasis on church, community, and education was another lasting influence of the Puritans. The political, social, and economic impact of the Puritans not only made them a beckon to the New World, but also led way to the American image. The Puritans mixed religion with politics They believed in both personal and collective autonomy within each village or settlement.
Growing Sense of Independence through Salutary Neglect The irony of Britain’s policy of Salutary Neglect was that although the goal was to maintain control of an improved America, it resulted in an opposing effect. Instead, when the British turned their back on America, it became the catalyst for the independence of the colonies. The purpose for this policy was to allow the American colonies to grow stronger on their own. The British’ inattention resulted in colonies gaining a strong sense of independence demonstrated by their implementation of Legislative Assemblies, commerce, and religion during this period of Salutary Neglect. During this phase, the colonies began developing their own government.
The new Manifest Destiny differed from the old in that it consisted of expansion to foreign areas to improve trade and contribute to the growth of the American economy; however it remained the same in that American citizens believed their reasons for expansionism were justified by God’s given right and that they were even saving the people of the territories by the spread of Anglo-Saxon values. Differing from past imperialism eras, the expansion of the 20th century dealt with foreign countries and the intervention of many foreign affairs (Doc G). The beginning of American expansion into Latin America began with a boundary dispute between Venezuela and Britain in the late 1890’s. A nervous President Cleveland threatened war with the British, who were a potential threat to America’s security with their presence in Venezuela. After this affair, America defended all of the Latin American countries and protected them under the Monroe Doctrine and the Roosevelt Corollary.
Being President, Monroe had a significant amount of power over the country and its government. Monroe’s Doctrine opened the floodgates for Manifest Destiny after the nation knew the government was behind it. Document A provides evidence that Monroe was correct with his prediction that America would follow the government’s lead and head west to protect the country through Manifest Destiny. The strongest argument against Manifest Destiny was the fact that would bring slavery to the new territories America gained. Not only was this false, Americans and politicians who were anti-slavery overlooked this because spreading what they considered America’s good qualities was more important to them and they wanted to follow Monroe’s Doctrine.
The different perspective of freedom and opportunity forced the two regions to contrast from one another on two basic principles: one region wanted religious toleration, while the other demanded riches. The New England region developed toward a more religiously tolerant society in the seventeenth century. The English who migrated to New England were composed of large families, intended to stay in the New World. These families looked for permanent residence and religious toleration from the Protestant Church of England as well as an environment where they can experiment to create a model Christian (Document B). John Winthrop emphasizes on the ideology of a model Christian.
“For centuries, citizens of the world have arrived on American shores with less than a suitcase and a dream for a better life”. (“Immigrant Dream”). People from all over the world are facing government problems and want a better life, but they cannot always get one. That is why they immigrate to the United States; they want to be able to achieve their dream. “They make fun of the way we dance, sing, and drum.
Introduction Freedom is so much part of American life that Americans take it often for granted. Freedom in general and individual freedom in particular is the most highly-valued word for Americans. Freedom of the individual is probably the most basic and the most strongly held of all American beliefs. This is one of the main reasons why immigrants have traditionally come to the USA. I-Individual Freedom and Self-reliance A-The Desire for Freedom From Controls The earliest settlers came to the North American continent to establish colonies whish were free from the controls that existed at that time in European countries (political controls (kings…) , religious controls (churches…) and class controls (Noblemen and aristocrats…).