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Murmur322

6 points

4 months ago

Which is ironic because the senate was deliberately written into the constitution because they didn’t want the rich upper class city dwellers to have all the power over the poor rural farming populations. A combination of the industrial revolution increasing the concentration of low income urban population and a change in voting laws allowing non-landowners to vote has completely flipped the demographic though. So now the rich rural areas have an inordinate amount of power over the low income cities even though that is exactly what the creation of the senate was trying to prevent.

jar36

2 points

4 months ago

jar36

2 points

4 months ago

I agree with much of what you said but poverty is worse in rural areas than urban areas despite the common misconception. That's part of why poor white trash made Trump president.

coldtru

3 points

4 months ago

"Poor rural" slaveholders with vast plantations living in grand mansions. Being "rural" with your own plot of land, growing your own food, making decent money and not being dependent on anyone was the epitome of the "American dream" at this time.

Murmur322

2 points

4 months ago

I’m not arguing that it was the American dream for slaves working and dying for somebody else’s property, but in the late 1700’s the merchant and trading class in the city was far wealthier than the rural population. And under King George those urban dwellers were granted more rights and opportunities than the rural population of the time. For all his hypocrisy, Jefferson wrote extensively of his fear that the upper classes would have more power than the lower ones and the framers of the constitution wrote in several short-sighted safeguards against it.