Ap Us History Unit 1 Dbq

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In the years leading up to the American revolution it was evident that a new identity was developing for colonist. Stemming from the Seven Year’s colonists were slowly discovering a new way of viewing the mother country and themselves. By the eve of the American revolution most colonist had adopted the identity of British citizens fighting to protect their liberties. A strong bond of unity can be seen from colonists’ shared opinions and agreed course of action, while a large loyalist population supports that this bond took time to build. The shared public opinions in the colonies exemplified both an American identity and a developing sense of unity. After the Seven Year’s war, an American identity was clearly seen. Colonist developed a…show more content…
By analyzing the Donations given for the relief of Boston in 1774 it can be concluded that the unity among the states were so strong that even South Carolina was lending a hand to its northern sister. South Carolina donated a shipload of rice and North Carolina donated sloop provisions with 2,000 pounds (G). Colonies that once had nothing in common except that they lived on American soil, were now uniting together as Americans ready to “die as free men rather than live as slaves” (E). A large percentage of American loyalist shows that this American identity did not develop overnight but grew from American dissatisfaction. Despite the common belief although Loyalists did not believe in independence they did share some common American beliefs. They did think that their rights were being infringed upon but remaining true to conservatives ideals they thought the situation in the colonies was bearable. One loyalist states “But tell me friend, which is better, to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or by three thousand tyrants not a mile away” (D). A common loyalist belief was that it was better to be ruled by a tyrant colonists are used to rather than many new tyrants and ideas. Never the less, the fact that even loyalist recognized this oppression shows that the popular opinion of British maltreatment was very present in the colonies. On the other hand, in a book by

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