Social Ranks Land, and education lead to prosperity within the colonies. Large land owners were in the upper class, small farmers and craftsman were in the middle and indentured servants and slaves were in the lower class ranks.
Education Within the three regions of the colonies schooling was different. In New England had public schools, The Bread Basket Colonies had private schools, and the Southern colonies plantation owners hired tutors.
Glorious Revolution England’s King James II, tried to enforce stricter catholic laws over parliament. Parliament forced King James off the thrown by offering his power to his protestant Daughter and Son in Law, William and Mary. This overthrow of power was called the Glorious Revolution.
English Bill of Rights A result of the Glorious Revolution, William and Mary signed and approved the English Bill of Rights which gave Englishmen more individual rights. Some of the rights were trial by jury, and representation in parliament.
Magna Carta (1215) The Magna Carta, or “Great Letter” was the first document forced onto an English King by a group of his subjects (the barons) in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their privileges. This was one of the first examples of limited government.
Religion In Early colonial days, religion helped with the development of the colonies.
The Great Awakening The Great Awakenings was a religious movement of rapid and dramatic religious revivals in the colonies. Religion became a more lively event and contributed to political views.
The Enlightenment The Enlightenment was a movement which people believed the path to knowledge was reason and science.
Benjamin Franklin Was an Enlightenment thinker, philosopher, scientist, and printer. His scientific discoveries and political ideas gave strength to a new American culture.
John Locke Was a philosopher who said that man had natural rights that can not be taken away. He believed all men had the right to Life, Liberty, and Property.
Conflict/War The Explosion Boom Symbol is our universal symbol for war and Conflict.
French and Indian War Also known as the Seven Years War, the British fought the country of France and Native Americans for control of land and the fur trade.
Pontiac’s Rebellion Pontiac's Rebellion was a war launched in 1763 by North American Indians who were dissatisfied with British policies in the Great Lakes region after the British victory in the French and Indian War.
Proclamation Act of 1763 Due to Indian attacks on colonist, Parliament passed a law stating that colonist were unable to settle west of the Appalachian Mountains.