Ameriah M.

asked • 02/05/21

5c) How are the ideas of John Locke & the Magna Carta evidenced in the concept and practice of town hall meetings? 

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The colonists also enjoyed a high degree of self-government. As British subjects, they owed their allegiance to the king, who granted colonies charters and appointed colonial governors. England regulated the colonies’ overseas trade and provided for their defense. Beyond that, the colonists ran their own affairs. They had their own legislatures, or assemblies, where their elected representatives passed laws and levied taxes…

The meetinghouse was at the center of town life. The meetinghouse was where the town government met. All the colonists in town could attend the town meeting, but only male church members were allowed to vote. As church membership dropped and many new settlers arrived, more colonists were permitted to participate in the town government. By the end of the 1600s, any man who owned property could vote. However, women, children, indentured servants, and slaves were not allowed to vote.

       Every year, towns throughout the colonies held special meetings in which voters would elect town representatives to serve in the colonial assemblies, which discussed issues concerning the entire colony, levied taxes, and passed laws. Town meetings were also held to address the needs of the individual towns. There were town elections for public offices, or jobs for the community such as town constable, who maintained peace, law, and order in the town.

5c) How are the ideas of John Locke & the Magna Carta evidenced in the concept and practice of town hall meetings? 

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