American Unity and Identity

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Isabel Olivas Eliason APUSH Period: 6 2 October 2014 Prior to the Revolution, the American people had a sense of unity between them knowing they needed to bond together to survive instead of independent regions. While realizing this unity, they began to notice they really weren't British, but a new kind of people with a "strange mixture of blood which you will never find in no other country" (Doc H) which was now know as an American. By the eve of the Revolution, Americans developed a sense of unity and identity to a severe extent due to the uncooperation of England and Parliament, unrelenting propaganda and the states participation in the economic needs to accomplish the victory of independence from England. The developed unity between fellow Americans due to the uncooperative and little representation from Parliament was a huge reason for the "rebellion against [the] parent" (Doc F) country of England.

Before the Revolution during the First Continental Congress, the leaders of this newly united America made it clear their first intentions were not to "dissolve [the] union which as so long and so happily subsisted between" (Doc E) the two countries, but all they wanted was "to see it restored" (Doc E). By no surprise to these leader and the people, England and its officials denied the claim and made no effort to change their ways. Men such as Richard Henry Lee protested against the unwavered English hierarchies, expressing that the "fatal determination [of England] will ruin both Countries" (Doc C). People such as Henry Lee were key processors in the development of identity through a social standpoint throughout American before and during the Revolution. The American identity was a needed component in unifying the states, and the social will points of men such as Benjamin Franklin and Richard...