The French And Indian War

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Following the conclusion of the French and Indian War, the American colonies remained wildly disparate in their aims and social composition. However, the end of salutary neglect saw increased cohesion among the various colonies as they banded together to resist British restrictions on rights. However, various factions within colonial society hindered a unified movement. While the colonists develop limited political, social, and economic unity based upon the rhetoric of revolution, on the eve of the American Revolution, significant barriers to complete colonial unity existed. In response to the common British oppression, a system of intercolonial committees of correspondence formed to coordinate a unified American reaction. Based upon the Massachusetts model, Virginia implemented the first intercolonial committee in 1773, and soon afterwards, committees appeared in all thirteen colonies. Thus, the colonies began to display political unity as they sought a united response. This unity was noted in a letter from Richard Lee in which he noted that all of North America was firmly united and resolved to defend their liberties. (Doc. C) The idea of political unity was also led to the creation of the First Continental Congress, in which 12 of the thirteen colonies were represented. Although more convention than congress, this body was an important step towards political unity. The Second Continental Congress, which convened in 1775 with all thirteen colonies in attendance, is…

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