Life in the Thirteen Colonies

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What are some similarities between the Colonial times and now?

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Some of the most pressing concerns in modern society existed in colonial times. Economic inequality, the relationship between people and government, debates about trade, and nearly constant warfare are issues in the twenty-first century, and they were major issues in colonial times, as well. Of course, colonial society was over 90% agrarian, which is perhaps the most fundamental difference, but similarities existed as well. For example, in some colonies, elites, and even ordinary people, worried about the effects of immigration, and politicians rather cynically used it for political advantage. Benjamin Franklin, for example, very famously decried German, Scots-Irish, and Swedish influence in Pennsylvania, writing:

Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Language or Customs any more than they can acquire our Complexion?

So xenophobia, an unfortunate...

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