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Political Developments in the colonies

The British thought that they were the most advanced and freest nation; they thought they were the best of the best. They put themselves at the very top of the “food-chain”. The power in England was shared with the Parliament so that that there would be no dictator, Constitutional Monarchy. There was no written British Constitution. The Magna Carta, Bill of Rights, English common law and the Acts of Parliament made up the Constitution.

There were many people in history that had a very important role in the political developments in the colonies. John Peter Zenger was a good example of how, if you were ever to voice what they thought of the “wrong” opinion in society, it could cause you to be a threat to the government. John Locke was another good example. The “Lockean Liberalism” was of big help for the poor, the lower class, and slaves. This pushed the boundaries for their freedom. Locke was the one who gave birth to the idea of the right to rebellion against an oppressive government.

Republicanism was when people began to question a monarchy as a rational and suitable way to take control. For example, let’s say that the current ruler was great, but what guarantees that everyone else in their family will be the same. One could have a mental issue, or could just not have the desire to get ahold of the crown.

There are many ways that the Colonists could improve their lives over the British. Some of which are, a more people friendly system of government, and independence.
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