The excepted social theory of civilization’s social process was made by the scientists Adam Smith, John Millar, Adam Ferguson, and lastly Lord Kames. This social theory was that there were many levels of civility in a society. These levels were hunting, pasturage, agriculture, and commerce. One example of the first level which is hunting is the the Native Americans. The excepted social process is that a country was to go through all of these levels by starting out on hunting and eventually the society would mature and work its way up to the point of being a commercially based society.
Now this process helped shaped the colonies culture of “civility” because the colonists were never hunters. When the colonists got to the North America they already knew that their society was going to stem from agriculture. That is what happened in the southern colonies. These colonies produced tobacco, indigo, and rice. Then after a large period of agricultural growth in the southern colonies the northern colonies started to produce raw materials to trade back to England.
Then after that they started producing finished products but this did not go along with Britain’s mercantilistic policies. Either way the colonies culture was to trade goods and raw materials commercially. This is what makes the colonies so unique. This is because for most countries this process of climbing the metaphorical latter of social civility would have taken so much longer. That is how the social theory of civilization’s social process was made and how it came to shape the cultural civility in the American colonies.
The Founding father’s view of their role in shaping political and social culture of Revolutionary America was to be leaders. One “prerequisite” of being a leader back in the 18th century was to act like a gentleman. The qualities of a gentle man includes being “Tolerant, honest, virtuous, and lastly candid. This was extremely crucial in forming a political and social culture in our country. That is because this means that the leaders of our countries should abide by these principles of being tolerant, honest, virtuous, and candid.
One in particular that sticks out of this list is candid. Especially in todays politics there are very few leaders and politicians that are honest and candid. Today we find many leaders lying and making false promises to the citizens just to be elected or in our present day case reelected. I guess one could say that the original principals that this country was technically founded on are not being fallowed by todays leaders in americas. The founding father’s also played a gigantic role in the social culture in America. The social culture in America was very unique at the time. When you are born in America you are not already put into a social class. There is an equal opportunity for each and every person. And the role that the founding father’s had played in this was being the people who wrote the constitution which says what we can or can not do also known as our set of laws. It says in the constitution that all men are created equally which socially speaking there are not any nobles there are not any serfs or lords there are just citizens. But what happens to slaves?
Well in Thomas Paine’s common sense he says that the government should protect a citizens property and in the Southern colonies slaves were a part of their own property. But if all men are created equal then how can a man be another man’s property. The founding father’s had decided and played a large role in the social culture of The United States but however they never made a concrete law or amendment about slavery in the constitution. Eventually this issue will come up time and time again and this issue will finally be solved almost a century (a hundred years) after this country was founded in the civil war.
The founding father’s view of them self effected the ultimate goal of the American Revolution. The way our founding father’s viewed themselves was that they were civilians fighting for the right to be free. This made a major impact on the American Revolution. This is because now the ultimate goal of the American Revolution was to have a free nation away from the mercantilistic policies of Great Britain. Well at least that was the goal on the surface. Below this goal were a set of economic goals that were set out by our founding father’s. All of our founding father’s were very wealthy men and smart men. I believe that before when the colonies basically had self rule they made a lot more money. I believe to the public eye this revolution was a about land and liberty but to the founding father’s it could have just as easily been about one thing, and that is that there was a lot of money to be made off of America and they were going to make it. Before the American Revolution was completely underway one of our founding father’s John Hancock was someone who would smuggle cod fish from Cape Cod Massachusetts all the way to the Caribbean and he was making a good living. Once Great Britain had stopped their salutory neglect and began to actually in force the navigation acts things for smuggling founding father’s started to change. Now Britain had begun to regulate the selling and buying of these products which mainly effected the smugglers or dealers of these goods.
These dealers just so happen to be our founding father’s. As much as an American that I want to believe that our revolution was fought for the pursuit of freedom. I can not. This is because the beginning of the revolts were purely stemmed from an economic basis. The original ultimate goal of the American Revolution was to be free from Britain not because they did not have rights. It was to break away from Great Britain so they could be able to establish their own free trade away from Britain and not have Great Britain take a cut of the percentage of what the colonies were producing and selling. Another goal of the American Revolution was to not be taxed unfairly by Great Britain. As Patrick Henry said at The House Of Burgess “No taxation! Without representation!” This means that Patrick Henry thought that it was unfair for the British to pass laws saying they could tax the colonies when the colonies did not have a vote. Technically the colonies did have representatives in British Parliament but, they were not voted into Parliament by colonial citizens which pretty much makes it so that the colonies did not actually have their voice being heard. Instead they did not have a say about what taxes Britain would pass in Parliament, the taxes would be decided for the colonies. Basically the founding father’s viewed themselves differently than the public.
The public eye viewed them as people who were trying to fight for freedom and equal rights for all men, but in actuality they viewed themselves as business men and gentlemen. This dramatically changed the goal for the American Revolution from the pursuit of being a free nation to a commercial power and making a good amount of money from this Revolution by using trade and producing goods and selling them to other nations. That is how the way the founding father’s had viewed themselves prior to the American Revolution had changed the goal of the American Revolution from fighting for the right to be free to fighting for the right to trade freely under their own supervision. Thus finally effecting the final outcome of the American Revolution as a whole.
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