October 11, 2014
Unity Before The American Revolution
There were a number of different aspects that contributed to the American colonists finding a sense of identity and unity. Acts from the Continental Congress questioned British authority, and after the French and Indian War the British government increased taxation policies. One single colony does not have the power to start a revolution to break away from its mother country, but instead all the of colonies must join together to depart from its mother country, England. Up until the eve of the American Revolution many of the colonies were still greatly dependant on England, receiving food, and supplies from overseas. Between the time periods of 1750, and 1776 the American colonies continued to develop their own currency, government structure, ideas, and moved away from the mother country, England. The political contributing factors to the American colonies finding their own identity was the French and Indian War, The Declaration of Independence, Common Sense by Thomas Paine, Continental Congress. Document A is a political cartoon by Benjamin Franklin. The French and Indian War started in 1754 and ended in 1760 therefore giving it the name of the Seven Years War. This document is encouraging the colonists to join together as a nation during this war, instead of as separate colonies. Parliament was the lawmaking body of England. Document B is a speech that Edmund Burke gave in Parliament in 1766. Geographically, America and England are separated by the Atlantic Ocean, so naturally the colonies are going to develop their own identities. Though, Parliament still wanted them to\ go by England’s legal traditions. England was referred to as America’s mother country for many reasons, one of them being that the colonies inherited many of England’s beliefs like a child ...
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