In this lesson, our instructor Elizabeth Turro gives an introduction on freehold New England and diverse middle colonies. She talks about the freehold society in New England, the farm property and inheritance, challenges for freehold society, the Hudson River Manors and the Mid Atlantic colonial society. She also explains economic changes in Mid Atlantic, cultural and religious diversity, cultural Diversity of Quakers and Germans, Scots-Irish religious identity and political conflict and economic and demographic changes in Mid Atlantic.
In New England, most people were freeholders, people who owned property and had the right to improve, transfer, or sell.
The Middle Atlantic colonies were composed of manors in the Hudson River Valley in NY, but the colonies in PA, DE, NJ were ethnically and religiously diverse.
Quakers were pacifists who dealt peaceably with Native Americans and condemned slavery.
Scots-Irish Presbyterians were one of the largest groups in the Mid Atlantic.
Between 1720-1770, growing demand doubled the price of wheat yet by the end of the 18th century, exports of wheat, corn, flour, & bread helped bring prosperity to the Mid Atlantic region & as a result, the population doubled.
Freehold New England and Diverse Middle Colonies
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.