The United States ' Collective Identity

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A true basis of what it means to be an American can be thoroughly argued on the grounds of what constitutes an American, is an American born or is an American made? The collective identity of the American populace is the shared characteristics, the same drive, which ultimately results in oneness. The unique American cultural identity is the shared revolutionary nature, which drives Americans toward progressive social changes. The original thirteen colonies faced a rather odd situation in their nascent years. Far enough away from Britain to not completely live under their control, the colonies began to form a new way of defining themselves. Rather than simply being British colonies they wanted to act as a sovereign nation in their own right. Fearful of the colonies gaining too much power the British government implemented a set of Acts, such as the Intolerable Act and the Stamp Act, with the intention of them limiting the colonies’ freedoms and smothering any chance of rebellion. However, the colonist took this as an act of oppression instead and rose above it in order to regain their personal freedoms. They felt that their society had plateaued into mediocrity under the rule of King George as they didn’t have protected rights (The American Pageant, 126-133). In the hopes of ridding themselves of the British rule war broke out, the crude colonist soldiers fighting against the well-polished British army, something revolutionary all in itself as it has never been done
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