Mike Isola Schwint
Before the American Revolution, a sense of unity was evident among many of the colonies. The colonists began to realize that they are not separate colonies with separate goals, but they also had the chance and the potential to become a single and unified nation with similar objectives and aspirations. The most evident way of seeing this message was through propaganda, such as Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”, and Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanac.” Other ways included letters and speeches made by “common” Americans, or better yet by just the relationship among the colonies.
Many years after the American Revolution, a renowned quote among the American people was “A house divided cannot stand.” This slogan, made famous during the Civil War, was seen in smaller measure during the Pre- Revolutionary War era. The quote used was “Join, or Die”, which upon first consideration would seem to be rather threatening. In fact, this quote was not a threat, but a foreshadowing of what was to come if there was no unity. Accompanying the quote was a picture of a serpent cut into many pieces. The serpent is a representative of America, and the pieces are the splintered colonies, not unified, but on their own. This picture shows us that without the help and existence of the other parts of the one body of America, none of the colonies would survive (Doc. A).
Another way that shows the extent of American patriotism was the communication between and among the Tories and the Patriots. One major quote from the Tories’ point of view is from the grandson of the legendary Cotton Mather. Mather Byles wrote: “Which is better, to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or by three thousand tyrants not a mile away.” (Doc. D) As Edmund Burke stated in his “Notes for Speech in Parliament. 3 February 1766”: “The eternal Barriers of Nature forbid that the colonies...