I have to write an essay about this book and it says: describe at least two ways in which Wood describes colonial America as pre-modern... but i don't exactly understand what pre-modern means in...

I have to write an essay about this book and it says: describe at least two ways in which Wood describes colonial America as pre-modern

... but i don't exactly understand what pre-modern means in this context. I'd just like a little help on how to answer this prompt. thanks.

moonme | Student

Pre modern meaning monarchial, not a new type of government, based on old world ideas.

In England’s monarchal government, a class hierarchy existed that linked people above or below them through a hierarchy rank.  The top  of this system  were of noble or high rank; had a very good background, education, and refinement and would be part of the ruling class.  In the colonies, a monarchal government carried over during the eighteenth century.    Gentleman and commoners were linked through the social hierarchy with patronage and dependency.  Loyalties and personal relationships held society together.  Commoners voted for gentlemen to represent them in the legislations, and enlisted militia under their betters. According to Wood, to 1775, American culture was monarchical, and they had an intense admiration for the British Crown.

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