Lack of Democracy

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Lack of Democracy of the Colonies in the 1760’s “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility…” written and adopted in 1787, the Preamble to the Constitution establishes the government in which we have set up today. This document called for a “republican form of government”, or what today we would call a representative democracy. Though our government is a form of democracy, it was not always this way. In 1760 colonial America, the colonies were lacking certain democratic principles, and therefore I would consider the colonies not to have been a democracy.
If you ask 100 different people what their definition of democracy is, you will probably get 100 different answers. In my mind, I would describe democracy as government by the people, for the people. I would say that a democracy’s decisions should be made for the best interest of the vast majority of the population. Those decisions could be achieved in a direct or representative democracy, as long it does in fact benefit the majority. I believe that everybody should get a say. Everybody should get to vote- regardless of education, background, or ethnicity. Government by the people for the people, for the best interest of the people, is how I would define democracy.
Now, taking into account my definition of democracy, when asked if the colonies had become democratic by 1760, I would most certainly have to say no. Eight of the colonies at the time were royal colonies in which the English government had chosen their governors. In these colonies England even appointed the upper house of the colonies legislative colonies. In addition, three colonies were under proprietors who chose the governors and the upper house as well. The proprietors often made such decisions with no say from those they were governing. In both of these cases, the…...

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