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The Ideas Of American Identity : American And National Identity

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ONE-PAGER Unit 2: 1754-1789 American and National Identity (NAT) Explain how ideas about democracy, freedom, and individualism in the colonial period found expression in the development of cultural values, political institutions, and American identity during and after the Revolutionary War. The American identity was built from the ideas about democracy, freedom, and individualism in the colonial period. For example, the belief in the phrase, “no taxation without representation” led to the desire for participation in government and representation that equally represented the people. The colonists feared a dictatorship and this caused the colonists to decrease the amount of power the federalist power has. Once they discovered this would not answer their problem, they developed a system that balanced power called checks and balances. The ideas of the Enlightenment motivated people to question anything they felt was wrong and changes people’s views on culture, religion and politics. People wanted to have freedom and owning land allowed them to have some freedom and power. These principles became the basic idea of the American identity. Politics and Power (POL) Explain how and why political ideas, beliefs, institutions, party systems, and alignments have developed and changed. (Focus on Loyalist vs. Patriots and Federalist vs. Anti-federalist). Political ideas, beliefs, institutions, party systems, and alignments have developed and changed during the American
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