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Colonial America

During the 17th century in colonial America, change and growth were occurring in society. New religions were being created, and new governments were being formed. The mix of religions and politics made 17th century colonial America one of the most liberal regions of the time. Yet the freedoms of their society do not equal our standards of freedoms today. They had similar yet very different political, religious, and even personal laws from the society of today.

Americans have always been known to desire self-government. Even though colonial America did have a dictatorial leader, Sir Edmund Andros, for a short while, representative self-government was born in America. The House of Burgesses was formed in 1619, which is similar to our House of Representatives today. It was like a mini- parliament in America. Another example of self-government was the Mayflower Compact written by the Pilgrims. It was a basic agreement of simple government that featured majority rule. The ...

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