Dbq On The Revolution

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Kevin Tattitch RB DBQ on Revolution In the period from 1750 to 1776, conflicts between England and their colonies in North America led to colonists demanding their independence and growing their identity as Americans. By looking at these documents and using prior knowledge of the revolution we can analyze to what extent the colonists developed their sense of identity as Americans. They did this this politically, socially, and constitutionally. Politically, they developed a sense of identity through the Albany Conference, which tried to unite them under one government. Socially they developed an identity by uniting because of hardships of British taxation, and regulation. Constitutionally they developed identity through coming together by drawing out freedoms, in which Britain did not allow, creating a sense of being their own nation. Thus, throughout the revolution colonists created a sense of identity as Americans through conventions like the Albany Conference, unity because of British oppression, and creating freedoms which physically set them apart from Britain. Politically the colonies developed identity by unifying through conferences like the Albany conference. The Albany conference of 1754 which adopted Ben Franklin’s plan of union, which proposed that Indian affairs, Western settlement, and other items of mutual interest be placed under the authority of one general government. This government would consist of a crown, and a grand council, a legislative body, its delegates chosen by several legislatures, the seats of which were allocated by population and wealth. Ben Franklin urged all colonies to come together under this government with his famous picture stating that they should “join or die.” (Document A) This conference was one of the first attempts to unite conflicts under one central government, in which the colonies would take matters into their
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