The Segments of Society
In this assignment, I want you to think about change over time. For the sake of argument, the members of these groups are all 20-somethings in the late 1760s and early 1770s (between the end of the Seven Years War and the beginning of the Revolution). This means they will be middle-aged 40-somethings in the late 1780s.
In this exercise I want you to provide ONE reason why members of this group would be upset with the imperial/colonial government (mention specific policies) in the 1760s/early 1770s. What do they want to be done to redress this grievance? Then I want you to fast forward to the period of the Articles of Confederation. Has this issue been resolved to the group’s satisfaction/is it still unresolved/does it matter anymore/or have their views on the subject substantially changed?
Do this for each group. You will end up with a total of 5 different grievances to discuss (one for each group). I expect 4-5 sentences for each segment of society.
1. ELITE MERCHANTS: Wealthy merchants who can be found across the colonies, but are particularly numerous in New England and the Middle Colonies. John Hancock would be a representative example for this group.
2. ELITE PLANTERS: Wealthy planters found mostly in the Chesapeake and Carolinas regions. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are representative examples.
3. ARTISANS: This group consists of shopkeepers, blacksmiths, tailors, bakers, clerks, etc. Paul Revere would be a good example.
4. YEOMAN FARMERS: Small-holding farmers who are particularly numerous in the Middle Colonies
5. FRONTIER SETTLERS: Settlers in the Appalachians (and beyond) on the frontier of American colonial society. This group consists of many Scots-Irish and Germans.
The font is not the regular 12, I students to use the 10. Also do not use any in-text citations. Do not copy from the internet. PLAGIARISM. ONE PAGE
That is the link to the textbook used in this class. You can access it.