American Pageant Ch. 5 - Colonial Society on Eve of Revolution

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Lawyers are often commonly regarded as noisy windbags were troublemaking 1750 : Seaboard society has passed the pioneering stage, and trained attorneys were generally considered as useful. Able to defend colonial rights against the crown on legal grounds Workday America agriculture was the leading industry , involving about 90% of the people tobacco continue to be the staple crop in the Maryland and Virginia grain was a crop grown in the middle colonies fishing was a way of comrades in the new England colonies. The shipping industry also sprouted the shipbuilding industry Triangular Trade: leave new England port with a cargo of ROM and sales at the Gold Coast of Africa bartered with African chief for captured African slaves continue to the West Indies and exchange the survivors for molasses carry the molasses back to new England where will be distilled into rum = profit manufacturing in the colony was a secondary importance although there was a surprising variety of small enterprises. Workers can get ahead faster in the soil rich America by tilling the land lumbering was perhaps the most important single manufacturing activity 1770 : 400 vessels of assorted sizes of lives were splashing down the ways to Britain the fast breeding Americans demanded more and more English products – yet the slow- growing English population clearly reached a saturation point for absorbing imports from America the trade imbalance can only be solved by seeking foreign markets 1733 : points to pressure from the influential British West Indian planters, Parliament passed the Molasses Act , Inc. this quench both American trade with the French West Indies. This will be a blow to the America’s international trade and to the colonists standard of living Americans responded to the act by bribing as smuggling their way around the block Horsepower and Sailpower the populated pioneer communities are curse of the passive problems of transportation: there is a serious lack of roads, and the quality of existing roads is so bad that makes travel on them pretty much impossible in the days of 1720, or journey from Boston to Philadelphia will be fastest by boat
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since man-made rules were so wretched having reliance on were placed on the waterways, this letter population clustering along the banks of navigable rivers taverns brought up along the main routes of travel, taverns also serve as clearinghouses of information gossips and rumors mid-1700s: enter colonial postal system was established but secrecy was a problem Dominant Denominations the two established or tax supported churches work the cusp wishes Anglican and the Congregational a considerable segment of the population did not worship in any churches the church of England became the official faith in Georgia as followers are called Anglicans The Great Awakening the Puritan churches sag under the weight of two burdens: the elaborate theological doctrines and the
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