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Lecture 6

HIST 2110Y Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Quebec Act, Continental Association, Papist


Department
History
Course Code
HIST 2110Y
Professor
Jeremy Milloy
Lecture
6

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October 16, 2013
Intolerable Acts: The Road to Revolution
* Do not need to know dates, although must know the order of events *
Politics in the colonies
1600s
Armed uprisings were Bacon’s rebellion and the Glorious Revolution
1700s the politics matured a bit, things quieted down and stability transferred to
American colonies
Politics in the 1700s less fractious than in the 1600s, when armed uprisings were
common
Property qualification determined right to vote
Land was past to the eldest sons after the death of the parents, they could not vote
until they had the land
Small land holdings in America than in British
This meant far more colonists has the vote in America than English did in
England
Still, slaves, women, poor, landless all denied the vote
And you had to be wealthy to HOLD office
Power concentrated in hands of the developing colonial elite
This elite ran the colonies (held a lot of land) and chafed at British interference
Even property owning blacks could not vote
As politics in America became more stable then power went to the hands of the
wealthy
The Colonial public sphere
Private sphere is what happens in your house, behind closed doors
The public sphere: the field of political activism and public debate that occurs
outside government
Where people get together to debate in public, need certain things for a public
sphere to flourish
Needed places for people to gather so in the 1700s they created clubs where they
could gather
In the towns and cities of the colonies, the public sphere was blooming, based on
high literacy rates
Clubs founded in urban areas to discuss science, philosophy, politics, and
literature
Bookshops and newspapers flourished
Press helped the public sphere to help ideas circulate
Press included newspapers and pamphlets
Freedom of the press not unlimited
Many colonial newspapers loath to attack the colonial governments (and their
policies) they relied on for printing contracts, but would attack the British
Public spheres need a place to gather, press and a literate public
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