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A Reforming PeoplePuritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England$
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David D. Hall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807873113

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837115_hall

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Land, Taxes, And Participation

Land, Taxes, And Participation

The Making of Town Governments

(p.53) Chapter Two Land, Taxes, And Participation
A Reforming People

David D. Hall

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how the efforts of colonists to introduce new taxation and land distribution policies in their colonies resulted in strong reactions from the inhabitants of the colonies who were required to participate in and follow these policies. It reveals that the colonies that were impacted by these policies included the towns of Guilford, Connecticut, and Dedham, Massachusetts. The chapter reveals that the residents of these colonized towns had to face considerable challenges in dealing with these changes. The residents were directed by the concerned officials to set up fences around their houses and gardens while limiting the use of the land. The residents realized that peace prevailed in a neighborhood that strictly adhered to these rules and regulations. The chapter also argues that most of the residents of the colonized towns asked for more land than that distributed to them on the grounds that they earned their livelihood from the land.

Keywords:   taxation, land distribution, Guilford, Connecticut, Dedham, regulations

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