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During the 1750’s through the 1780’s American society was becoming increasingly less democratic in terms of property distribution and more democratic when it came to social structure as well as politics and religion. The tolerance of religion may have sparked from the Great Awakening during this time period. The evidence shown from society in Wethersfield, Connecticut, is a great paradigm of the changes in American society. Property distribution played a role in society because everyone needed their fair share of property. Democratic views tend to be pro-tax.

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Evidence supports that between 1756 and 1773 taxes on property had gone down as well as the value of that property. (Doc. B) On average most people own 1-49 acres of land in 1756 and in 1773 the acreage of land that people owned dropped sufficiently. (Doc. C) Also, data supports that the wealthier the man during these time periods, the bigger the homes were, and the more they were taxed. Democrats tend to view taxation as important so that they can spread the wealth more equally. Social structure from 1750-1780 became more and more democratic.

There were fewer black slaves and more free blacks leading up to 1780. (Doc. A) One must account that New England was not in much need for slaves so this evidence is not a strong point. Rankings in society became evident during this time. Wealthy men usually bore wealthy descendants. (Doc. D) Because of the Federalist Party dying down, many people became more liberal and less strict. This brought people together rather than separate them by income or status. Politics in 1750 were much different than politics in later 1780. In only 30 years politicians had become more liberal and not as conservative.

Facts during 1771-1776 strongly support that more white males became involved in politics than in 1751. (Doc. G) In early politics people who were more prominent and involved were of the higher classes of society. During the later years up to 1776 there was an increase in the middle classes becoming concerned about their own politics. (Doc. H) People were forced to work together which led to sharing of a lot of the same political beliefs. Equality under law is a very democratic policy that was implemented into society during this time.

All of these influences brought to the conclusion that society was more politically democratic as time bore on. Religious toleration became more important for the people of America during the mid 1700’s. Puritans even became less strict in their ideals. Even though some people like Reverend James Lockwood argued that certain people were born into inferiority. (Doc. J) This belief is one that is contradictory of the time of the 1700’s and the Great Awakening. Frothingham is more relatable to the views of people during this time.

He believes that people should be able to preach what they want and even gets jailed for it. (Doc. I) In all, society had become more liberal in 1780 than in 1750, on thirty years before. With the exception of property distribution; religion, social structure, and politics grew to be democratic in nature. Due to the Great Awakening and the involvement of many more social classes in the structure of society, people began to come together as one with shared beliefs. This created a society that was more equal for everyone which eventually would blossom to the great United States of America as we know it today.

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