Colonial Domestic Structure: Authoritarian or Democratic?

History / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
An argument that, although American colonists were not constrained to a social rank which they were born into, as in England, an aristocratic class structure soon arose and dominated America up to, and after, the Revolutionary war.

“Americans during the colonial period of British origin may have found more of an opportunity to succeed in America than in their motherland, but the domestic structure in America could hardly be termed as democratic. The transplantation to America of the social habits of the upper class Englishmen, the agrarian system of land distribution and the obvious social hierarchy in the Americas were characteristics of a principally authoritarian society. Although colonists were not constrained to a social rank which they were born into, as in England, an aristocratic class structure soon arose and dominated America up to, and after, the Revolutionary war. ”


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