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According to the Constitution, where did sovereignty reside? What did this mean to colonists of the period?



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Sovereignty resides in the individual who should be autonomous from monarchy, aristocracy, or oligarchy. This meant that colonists need not bend to the wishes of a British monarchy or an institution not elected by the people. 

A Democracy is, “That form of government in which the sovereign power resides in and is exercised by the whole body of free citizens directly or indirectly through a system of representation, as distinguished from a monarchy, aristocracy, or oligarchy.”

 “In a republic the group only has advisory powers; the sovereign individual is free to reject the majority group-think.”