Essay about An Analysis Of Terry Bouton 's ' Taming Democracy '

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In Taming Democracy (2007), Terry Bouton gives a thoroughly somber interpretation of the achievements of popular economic and political reforms within Pennsylvania resulting from the American Revolution. Bouton argues that despite increased suffrage and political participation, the majority of “ordinary people” were disappointed in the system of democracy which evolved in the decades following independence. While a significant proportion of white males achieved notable political rights as a result of the revolutionary movement, “in terms of economic well-being that gave independence its meaning, life in postwar Pennsylvanian resembled the dark days of the 1760s and 1770s.” The elite class of society, who during the 1760s and 1770s supported sweeping reforms based on principles of economic and political equality, quickly abandoned the platform in the 1780s amid avaricious self-interest and growing national economic concerns. Prior to the war, an unusual alliance existed between small farmers and affluent colonists. Both groups came to believe that British colonial policies following the Seven Years War were an attempt to strengthen the Pennsylvania’s gentry at the expense of the common man.
In order to stabilize the various colonial currencies, in addition to helping to reduce their own debt following the war with France, Parliament enacted a series of financial regulations which sent colonial economies into a severe depression. The elimination of colonial specie, the…

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