Imperial and Colonial Constitution and Politics - Lecture Notes

Imperial and Colonial Constitution and Politics - Lecture Notes

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Imperial and Colonial Constitution and Politics 1. Constitutions a. Colonial Constitution i. Governor ii. Council iii. Assembly ..every colony had two legislatures ..lower house of legislature ..only house elected by voters ..gained power steadily at the expense of the Governor (money/budget decisions, Governor's salary comes more and more into their control. .) ..1763-1765 the taxes Parliament was imposing went to pay the Governor's ..often the source of education against British policy - a lot of the initial opposition to British statutes and taxes originated in the Assembly Audio recording started: 9:33 AM Thursday, January 24, 2008 b. Agents ..not a part of the official Const. ..each colony had an agent/ambassador in England unofficially representing them with the royal government / permanently / saved a lot of time, what used to take 3 months took less ..the agents worked effectively with the merchants trying to solve the problems between Brit and US - especially stamp act ..ben franklin was an agent c. Imperial Constitution i. King ..monarchs - few queens important ..paid little attention to colonial concerns ..became constitutional monarchy - parliament limited monarch auth after 1689, glorious
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