As the Eve of Revolution Neared, to What Extent Had the Colonies Developed a Sense of Identity as a Nation

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The span of years from 1750 to 1776 were some of the most important years in American history. Up until the eve of the revolution, the British were still very involved in American lifestyle and there was no unity among the colonies. However, as the eve of revolution neared and harsh acts, salutary neglect, and lack of representation was implied on the colonies by their mother country England, America built a great sense of unity and a sense of identity as a country.

The American colonies were very troubled by England before unifying and battling for their freedom. Examples of this were the many acts enforced upon the colonists. The Stamp act, introduced by British prime minister George Grenville in 1765, was established as a means of raising revenue in the American colonies. Due to the fact that this act was passed without debate, it created widespread opposition in the colonies. The colonists argued that they could not be legally taxed without their consent or representation. This opposition lead to the Stamp Act Congress which united the colonies together for the good of everyone. The Stamp Act was very commonly refused among the colonies and helped contribute to the movement for independence and unity in America. In Richard Lee's letter to Henry Lee, it says that "The wicked violence of the ministry is so clearly expressed, as to leave no doubt of their fatal determination to ruin both countries unless a powerful and timely check is interposed by the Body of People. A very small corrupted Junto in New York excepted, all North America is now most firmly united and as firmly resolved to defend their liberties ad infinitum against every power on earth that may attempt to take them away. In this letter, Lee explains that they are being cheated of their rights by an evil Britain. He also explains that all of North America is now firmly unified and have to defend themselves from injustice. The Intolerable Acts were also very harsh and punished the colony of...
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