Politics and Religion in the Southern Colonies | U.S. History Review
This video gives an overview of religion and politics in the Southern Colonies during the late 1600s to the late 1700s. The Southern colonies were almost exclusively Anglican (Church of England) because they were English colonies. These churches were supported by the state through taxation. Other denominations had to ask permission to form churches, and their financial support was provided through the people who were members. There was no state support of other denominations. If a colonist desired to serve in the government, it was required that they be members in good standing of the Anglican Church. The Southern colonies had greater religious toleration compared to the Northern colonies. Politics was controlled largely by the wealthy plantation owners. Each Southern colony had a governor appointed by the English sponsor of that colony (whether trading company or crown colony). There would also be an assembly (like Congress) to represent the people of the colony. In the 1700s, the assemblies gained more power for themselves and took power away from the governors.
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