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Week 6 :: American Nations By Colin Woodard Chapter 6: The Colonies’ First Revolt

Response / Thought Quotes

  • “Puritan property titles were declared null and void, forcing landowners to buy new ones from the crown and to pay feudal rents to the king in perpetuity.”
  • “All of this was done without the consent of the governed, in violation of the rights granted all Englishmen under the Magna Carta.”
  • “no more privileges left . . . [other] than not to be sold for slaves.”
  • “a conquered people could not expect the same rights as English people.”

Thought Questions

  • Compare and Contrast the conclusions in Pauline Maier’s “From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776” (from the Revolutionary reading group) with the information presented in this chapter.
  • Explain and Expand: “While everyone knows that the English-controlled colonies rebelled against the tyrannical rule of their distant king, few realize they first did so not in the 1770s, but in the 1680s. And they did so not as a united force of Americans eager to create a new nation, but in a series of separate rebellions, each seeking to preserve a distinct regional culture, political system, and religious tradition threatened by the distant seat of empire.”
  • React and Respond: “Had he succeeded, the nascent American nations might have lost much of their individual distinctiveness”
  • Who was Sir Edmund Andros and what was the Dominion of New England?
  • What made Yankeedom’s response distinct among the colonies?
  • What made New Netherland / New York’s response distinct among of the colonies?
  • What made Virginia and Maryland’s response distinct among the colonies?
  • Compare and Contrast: The responses of New England, Tidewater (Chesapeake), New York / New Netherland
  • What role did New France play in the colonial relations with James II?
  • Why was Pennsylvania and Carolina absent from the rebellion against James II?
  • Who was William III (of Orange) and how did William and Mary rise to the throne of England?
  • How did William III (of Orange) react to the colonial rebellion?
  • Why did Yankeedom compare their colonial charters to Magna Carta
  • In what ways did religious practices and beliefs contribute to the rebellions?
  • Who was Jacob Leisler and what was Leisler’s Rebellion?

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