Britains Policy of Salutary Neglect
Thesis: * Britain’s policy of Salutary Neglect guided the American Society in Legislative assemblies, commerce, and religion; it is because of these factors that made the Americas a thriving world source for trade and many other things. Point One: * Because of salutary neglect, citizens were able to form their own legislative assemblies and were free to make their own decisions. * Legislative Assemblies were formed out of the same principle of the British House of Commons. The principle of government in the House of Commons was that government should represent the people. * To begin, legislation was readily discussed in various areas throughout the new world. In New England, a convention was launched, and delegated power to town officials.
* The officials had meetings where they discussed the future of their country.
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* . Similarly, a council was started in Virginia, the House of Burgesses, which acted as a legislative body for the Virginia colony. Point Two: * Because it helped the colonists expand trade with other countries. escaped the strict laws of the English system in free America * England times were commercially tough, especially in the 1600’s with the Glorious Revolution taking shape. But in America, tobacco, cotton, and manufacturing began to ascend to the economic throne. * In fact, the reason that many colonists arrived in the new world was to escape the control of the monarch and the Parliament. * Additionally, in the colonies, there was a policy of states’ rights which also played a role in giving power to the people.
Point Three: * Religious times grew immensely with salutary neglect * From the beginning, America was a place to practice religion freely. * Puritans and separatists all flocked to America to practice religious freedom. * The Quakers were given freedom to practice their religion in Pennsylvania. * The “Catholic Haven” of Maryland was granted freedom of religion through the Act of Toleration. * These ideologies were present within the new world because no “big brother” was enforcing laws against religious freedom. When Edwards and Whitefield began preaching during “The Great Awakening,” religion was largely revived.
* The religious revival stressed tolerance and unity, and was the first real movement that unified the colonists. The roots of the revivalism came from Penn, Hooker, (“Mother Anne”) Lee, Williams, and others who strived for toleration earlier. Conclusion: * Britain’s policy of Salutary Neglect guided the American Society in Legislative assemblies, commerce, and religion; it is because of these factors that made the Americas a thriving world source for trade and many other things.