Show MoreBy the time the American colonists had reached the point of a revolution, there was a good sense of identity and unity between them. It took a great deal of time and effort by the men leading the country to get the colonists to attain colonial unity and suspicion and envy slowed colonial unity. These road blocks were removed when the colonies were forced to fight and work alongside each other for their rights.
The struggle for colonial unity was a battle of great importance for the survival of American freedoms. The poster “Join or Die”, published in 1754, in the Pennsylvania Gazette, was the work of Ben Franklin and was created during the French and Indian War (Document A). It was used to show the importance of colonial unity when the…show more content…
The colonists even went as far as pledging their loyalty by sending the Olive Branch Petition to King George III in 1775. When the peace offering was rejected, many colonists wanted independence in order to save the rights they believed were theirs. Richard Henry Lee wrote to Arthur Lee In 1774 saying that “…N. America is now firmly united and as firmly resolved to defend their liberties ad infinitum against every power on earth that may attempt to take them away “(Document C).
Another thing that helped the American colonists to develop a sense of identity was that face that they were 3,000 miles away from the British. The British allowed the American colonies much more freedom than other colonies because of the great distance. This leniency in ruling led the colonists to start to form their own local governments and to work together. This gave them a totally unique identity. Edmond Burke, a member of the House of Commons, wrote in 1766 that “The eternal Barriers of Nature forbid that the colonies should be blended or coalesce into the Mass…of this Kingdom.” (Document B). The American colonists grew used to this leniency so when the British began to actually start enforcing laws and placing taxes on the colonies the people became greatly distraught, further separating themselves from the British.
Many different aspects of the American colonists set themselves apart from the British.
Distance as well as years of relaxed rule and a huge cultural
In the United States the 1920’s were defined as the Roaring 20s because of the changes in society and government that drastically affected American society in the times to come. After World War I, Americans reacted by changing their views of religion and social movements aided in the change of culture. Throughout the 1920s, tensions arose between the people who favored old traditions and the people who supported rapid change in places such as science, religion, women’s life style, nativism and racism.
After World War I religion became a prominent force that reshaped American culture drastically and heightened tensions with people who favored the traditional religion views. The influx of immigrants with different religions such as Catholicism clashed with the Americans who were traditional Protestants. Preachers such as Coughlin, catholic, hosted weekly radio broadcasts. These scenarios caused tensions between people who had different religious views. The shift towards technology aided the spread of religion over radio stations and through other media. Americans began to interpret the bible in a literal sense. McPherson described Heaven in a literal sense and her revivals were described as a “supernatural whoopee.” (Doc I) This shows that many Americans were open to change yet some were set in their ways and believed that the bible should not be interpreted literally. As science evolved and evolution became apart of the school curriculum, huge tensions arose between the church and the state. Many believed that people such as Darrow, who didn’t interpret the bible literally, were trying to “slur at the bible”. (Doc C) It became a battle between religions and it shows that most people were not open to change, those who believed a certain way tended to not change their views. Typically the older generation did not change their views and the younger generation grew up as changes in religion became common. Complementary to religion, immigration and ethnic...