Class Notes

In early America, freedom meant something different than today.  Freedom meant land ownership, or least owning your own business.  If you worked for someone else then you could not be free.  Before secret ballot voting, employers could force their workers to vote for who they chose, making you not politically free.  Because of this the Founders only allowed white-male, landholders to vote, they were the only truly free people in 1789.

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