Colonial Identity During The American Revolution

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Colonial Identity The colonists were able to develop more unity than identity before the starting of the rebellion against the British, in mid 18th century. The American colonists, who were divided into loyalists and patriots, had come together by the end of the revolution and supported each other for independence. Unity was a vital characteristic for achieving sovereignty from the British and there tenets. The colonists were unorganized at the beginning of the revolution, but later came collectively as a group; due to the people like Benjamin Franklin, Richard Henry Lee, and Peter Oliver. Franklin, who was a political activist and an influential writer, published a political cartoon in 1754, in the Pennsylvania Gazette, which called for the colonial unity and support from the colonists for the American revolution, with an message “Join or Die” (Document A). In late 1750’s, a well-known Tory preacher and a loyalist, Mather Byles argued for partition from the British, by questioning the colonists if they wanted to be governed by a tyrant who is three-thousand miles away or by a tyrant who is…show more content…
Supporters for achieving identity for the colonies were Edmund Burke and Hector St. John Crevecoeur. Burke, who was neither a loyalist nor a patriot, supported the colonial cause; even though, he was a member of the British House of Commerce was because of his dislike towards King George. He tried to convince his fellow members of the parliament that the America has changed into a different type of community from Britain because of its physical gap, the Atlantic Ocean. (Document B). Hector, who is a French born colonial farmer and author, said that the colonists “of all nations have melted into a new race of men, who labors and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world…” (Document H). He said that the individuals in these colonies have created their own and new
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