Essay On Nationalism

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Nationalism is an important ideology for any successful nation. Nationalism in America dates back to the mid to late 1700’s. Many important events that occurred between 1700-1865 were influenced by nationalism. Nationalism greatly influenced the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the War of 1812, and the Manifest Destiny in 1845. But what is nationalism? Nationalism is an ‘ideology based on the premise that the individual’s loyalty and devotion to the nation-state surpass other individual or group interest.’ The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776. It served as the nation's cry for independence. This document was signed by major representatives and Revolutionaries from all thirteen American…show more content…
This was also the first war that the country fought as an independent nation against a foreign enemy. Increased nationalism was a result of the war, because, in 1812, Americans were not too far removed from the Revolutionary War, which was also fought against Great Britain. By having a recurring enemy, Americans were filled with national pride at the thought of a second war of independence. Before going into war with Great Britain, Representative John C. Calhoun stated, "I believe that in four weeks from the time a declaration of war is heard on our frontier, the whole of Upper Canada and a part of Lower Canada will be in our power." It was the recovery from the war that inspired a string of nationalistic events. One example was that the White House was washed and painted a sparkling white, to remove smoke damage from the British invasion. This signified a renewal of the nation, rising from the ashes of another devastating domestically fought war. After winning the war, Albert Gallatin said, "The war has renewed and reinstated the national feelings and character which the Revolution had given, and which were daily lessened. The people [...] are more American; they feel and act more as a nation; and I hope the permanency of the Union is thereby better secured." He meant that, in a way, winning wars makes our nation stronger and bring us together as one. The aftermath of the battle led to many improvements in roads and city structure, as Americans

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