Freedom in Colonial America

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Freedom in Colonial America:

Freedom in Colonial America Were the Colonies Democratic or Not?

Freedom from the British King (intro):

Freedom from the British King (intro) No More Kings - Schoolhouse Rock VIDEO (click)

Questions to consider…. 1) What economies existed in colonial America? 2) What is freedom? Who is the provider of freedom, government? God? 3) What did freedom mean in colonial America?:

Questions to consider…. 1) What economies existed in colonial America? 2) What is freedom ? Who is the provider of freedom, government? God? 3) What did freedom mean in colonial America?

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Maryland’s Toleration Act of 1649 The Maryland Toleration Act is often cited as the beginning of religious freedom in America. The act did not however, offer religious freedom in the modern sense of the term . Guaranteed toleration to all CHRISTIANS. Decreed death to all “non believers” of divinity of Jesus .

Voting Qualifications (Requirements) in 1763:

Voting Qualifications (Requirements) in 1763 Must be Christian Must be a male Must be a land-owner

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Voting Qualifications (Requirements) in 1763 What are two groups of people that could NOT vote in colonial America because of these qualifications? Based on your knowledge, how do these voting requirements differ from today’s?

John Peter Zenger Jury Trial:

John Peter Zenger Jury Trial Accused of libel for printing articles that accused the governor of rigging elections. Zenger was found innocent because his statements were true This case promoted freedom of press and led to the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of press and speech.

The Lady’s Law:

The Lady’s Law Married women did not have the same rights as single women. Why? Husbands owned all family property, including the wife’s clothes and belongings. Women could not sue or be sued. Did women have custodial rights for their children?

Slavery in the Colonies:

Slavery in the Colonies What does the illustration to the right depict? What were the conditions like? Slavery became vital to the southern economy. Slaves had no legal rights and were forbidden to read or write.

Origins of Slavery in America (video):

Origins of Slavery in America (video) VIDEO (click)

Salem Witch Trials:

Salem Witch Trials Twenty individuals accused of witchcraft had little evidence against them but were found guilty and sentenced to death. The accused did not have a lawyer and had two options: recant (admit your crime and promise to stop) OR refuse to admit you were a witch and be put to death.

Salem Witch Trials (continued…):

Salem Witch Trials (continued…) In what ways may have this trial not have been fair? What basic rights that we have today were the defendants in trial denied? The Simpsons version of the Salem Witch Trials VIDEO