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Changing the government in British North America Whose side are you on? The elite’s representative government VS. A responsible government Taking Sides: the Churches • In the 1800s most people went to church and tried very hard to follow the teaching of the church. • There were two main churches in BNA and both had a big influence on what people thought and how they voted. • Church leaders would state their opinions and encourage their followers to have the same opinions. Taking Sides: the Churches • There were two main churches in BNA: – The Church of England – The Roman Catholic Church • In most of the colonies, both churches support the government and did not want change. Taking Sides: the Churches THE EXEPTION….. • In Newfoundland, the Roman Catholic Church supported REFORM. • They believed that Catholics could only be treated fairly if they could elect Catholic politicians who had some real power. Michael Anthony Flemming a the bishop for the Roman catholic Church in Newfoundland who worked hard for the reform of the government. Taking Sides: The Newspapers • • • In the 1800s, there were no magazines, radio, television or computers. Therefore the only way to get news was to either hear it from somebody or read the newspaper. Newspapers were usually one sheet of paper and were considered more valuable than today. They were often read and then passed on to different people. They would also be posted in public areas where people could read them out loud to each other and discuss the issues. Taking Sides: The Newspapers • Every newspaper in the 1830s was either for or against reform. • Some of the most famous politicians of the time owned newspapers so that they could tell everyone about their opinions. • They would write long editorial letters that would strongly support their personal points of view and these letters were not checked for accuracy and sometimes were exaggerated or very biased.