Declaration&Constitution

Declaration&Constitution - History Paper Thirteen lowly...

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History Paper Thirteen lowly English colonies, filled with people of all walks of life and social status, started out loyal subservients of England. Whatever battle England asked them to fight, whether it was the French or Native Americans, colonists fought faithfully. When England asked for more money to protect them, though reluctant, most were compliant. It was until England increased the taxes on colonists that some began to complain (Johns 1994). Colonists were not represented in English government, and the wealthy felt that they were being over-taxed for the scarce protection that they received. According to Johns, "the political system was so tightly in the hands of the wealthy plantation owners, and so supported by other whites, that. ..leaders were more likely than others to see the advantages of independence," meaning that the majority of colonists were not involved in the subsequent decision to succeed from British rule (1994). These settings provide a profound beginning to the ideas and philosophies that farmers and slaveholders might have held during the creation of the Declaration of Independence, subsequently the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. The Declaration of Independence was a promise of brighter days for English colonists. Most did not have a high social status in England, and was still unable to rise in social status living in the
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