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Development of Popular Democracy

Discuss the features of colonial politics that contributed to the development of popular democracy, and explain what kept political life from being more truly democratic. I need help getting started on this short essay question.

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1. Discuss the features of colonial politics that contributed to the development of popular democracy, and explain what kept political life from being more truly democratic.

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I. Introduction (about 3 sentences introducing the topic and a purpose statement: The purpose of this paper it to...)
II. Features of colonial politics that contributed to democratic ideals
a. English laws promoted some democratic ideas
b. English colonies gave minorities and women some rights, and the town democratically made decisions where everyone had a vote
c. Puritans and Quakers promoted equal rights and fair treatment to Natives
d. Age of Enlightenment, Locke and Revolutionary Thought
III. Features that kept it from being truly Democratic
a. Church had control over people
b. By definition, colonies were under British rule
c. Natural Law Restrictions on Liberty
IV. Conclusions (sum up main points in 2 or 3 sentences).

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1. Discuss the features of colonial politics that contributed to the development of popular democracy, and explain what kept political life from being more truly democratic.

In politics and in history, a colony is a territory under the immediate political control of a state. For colonies in antiquity, city-states would often found their own colonies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony). However, some forms of democracy existed in the colonies in the New World even at the very beginning. However some colonies were more democratic than ...

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