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Unit 4 Lesson 7 What brought on democratic ideas in colonial America? :P

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Unit 4 Lesson 7
By Sweta Kumari and Nikita Kharse
What brought on democratic ideas in colonial America?
democracy- a government that is run by people
Before we start, let's go over some vocab.
Before we start, let's go over some vocab.
democracy- a government run by people
citizen- a member of a country
representative - a person who is chosen to act for others
town meeting- a gathering of people who live in a town to discuss issues
county seat- a place where a government is located
BLAH BLAH, GOVERNMENT BLAH BLAH BLAH DECREE, BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH ART THOUGH YOU MUST, BLAH BLAH IM GETTING BORED OF THIS, BLAH BLAH BLAH THE NATIVES DID THIS, THE NATIVES DID THAT, THE PILGRIMS, GEORGE WASHINGTON, AMERICA, BLAH BLAH BLAH, IF WE MUST, BLAH BLAH BLAH, I DECLARE, BLAH BLAH BLAH! BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLHA BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH, UGH, SO MUCH MORE TO WRITE...
PHEW! Now that THAT'S done, lets get to the... more EXCITING stuff!
In 1620, before landing in Plymouth, pilgrims aboard the Mayflower signed a treaty called the Mayflower Compact. This made all 41 men to swear to make "just and equal laws... for the general good of the Colony". It was a HUGE step up, because people believe it to be the start of the American government!
Sorry, it has terrible resolution!
There were a lot of limits that prevented citizens from having a say in what condition they were going to live in for the rest of their life. There was one law in particular that stated that the British could pass laws without the permission of the people that the law affected. This law (as well as the one about random taxations) was one of the reasons for the Boston Tea Party. Cruel? Yes. But it played an important role in the founding of our country.
The British were passing unfair laws amongst the the colonists!!!
Governments were formed based on ideas of democracy. Basically, they ruled themselves. The colonists could vote for and can serve as representatives themselves.
So the concept of having representatives originated from a part of a government the colonists remembered from England. The House of Commons was a group of elected representatives that passed laws and helped the king. The colonists remembered home, sweet, home and decided to construct their governments similar to England's.
I remember the House of Commons in England! Let's make our government like England's!
Colonial Democracy
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People set up colonial governments throughout the colonies so that they could contribute to the laws. They had assemblies in which representatives made laws. The first one took place in the House of Burgesses, in Jameston, Virginia in 1619. Two representatives were sent from each settlement in Virginia and all matters were discussed by those who were present. If you were a representative and missed the assembly, too bad, so sad.
Colonists also formed local governments and had town meetings. Representatives from the local government met at the county seat, which was where the county government was located. (Phew! There were a lot of governments!)
Limits of Colonial Democracy
democracy- a government that is run by people
citizen- a member of a county
This is the first assembly at the House of Burgesses:
Sorry, this has horrible resolution!
representative- a person who is chosen to act for others
assembly-a gathering of elected representatives for a specific purpose
town meeting- a gathering of people who live in a town to discuss issues.
Oh no! I'm late to the assembly and it's almost over!
Government by the People
SORRY! THIS HAS HORRIBLE RESOLUTION!
NOW, WHO WANTS TO PLAY...
1. IN WHAT YEAR WAS THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT SIGNED?
1620!!!
2. WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?
THE MOST INFORMATIVE GAMESHOW IN THE COLONIAL AGES
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