Colonial Structure

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The Colonial Social Structure in Theory and Reality I. The Social Order A. Governing Assumptions 1. Society an interdependent web: elements like family, township, occupa- tion would mesh together as a society (inference) 2. Desirability of hierarchy: people would be able to find their own place in society 3. Hierarchy is Unitary Structure: a) people with superior status enjoyed this b) assumed the wealthy would also possess intelligence, speech, dress and demeanor of status B. Colonial Realities 1. Absence of established aristocracy: not a single member of English no- bility lived in British North America a) colonists tended to be farmers, tradesmen or artisans (all lower/middle class) b) the well established members of English society had no desire to leave behind their status and start anew/struggle in a new place 2. Relative prosperity of lower classes a) American upperclass = English lower class: farmers from England became rich after utilizing the land well, merchants who made it big b)
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