Colonists Identity

The colonies had developed a strong sense of their identity
and unity as Americans by the eve of the Revolution. The
Pre-Revolutionary Period showed how the English colonies
buckled down and united. They grew into one major entity
which was not going to be taken for a fool, especially not
by England.

When England engaged in the French and Indian War
(1754-1763), the colonies and their mother country joined
together to fight the French. The colonies used popular
images to entice people to join the war effort. The colonies
wanted to move westward into what was then French territory.

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When England won the war, the colonists were happy because
now hey could move west. However, England drew a
Proclamation Line which made West of the Appalachians for
the use of the Indians. England wanted to tighten their
control over the colonies.

England wanted more authority over the colonies. They
needed to pay off their debts so they saw the colonies as a
personal bank for their use. The colonists felt united
because they believed that they did good fighting for the
British. However, England was displeased with how the
colonists had fought during the war. They continued to use
their colony for their own gain.
England passed the stamp Act in 1765 as a way to get
money from the colonies. This act placed a tax on stamps
needed to make certain things official. The colonies reacted
in united protests and riots especially in the city of
Boston. These protesters formed a group called the Sons of
Liberty in response to this act. They also boycotted good
coming from England. The colonies put up a constitutional
argument that said that taxation without representation was
tyranny. Therefore, only the people who can truly tax them
are those who represent them, which were their colonial
representative assemblies. This was stated in their
Declaration of Rights and Grievances, which was drafted by
the Stamp Act Congress. The Stamp Act Congress then sent the
petition to Parliament.

In Parliament some members saw how the boycotts endured
by the colonists were affecting the British merchants. One
member in Parliament saw how the colonists had grown and had
united.For whatever reason the British Parliament repealed
the Stamp Act, however this did not stop the disagreements
about taxation and lack of representation.

In 1774, the Coercive or Intolerable Acts were passed.

these were meant to punish the colonists for the evil they
had committed, especially to punish the city of Boston for
their acts at the Boston Tea Party. As part of these acts,
England closed all Boston harbors and ports. This deed
effected everyone in the city and the colony. Also, England
restricted local government and town meetings in
Massachusetts. Other colonies along the Atlantic saw how
much the colony of Massachusetts had been affected and sent
them supplies to show their solidarity with a fellow colony.

(Doc. G.) People in other areas saw this flow of unity
flourishing and documented that in letters. The sense of
solidarity with one another emerged.

The colonies united and grew into a strong entity. This
entity became a whole new type of person.
By the eve of the Revolution, the colonies had
developed a strong sense of their identity as Americans.

They buckled down during the French and Indian War. The
colonies stood up for their rights when the Stamp Act was
enforced. They supported one another during the period of
the Intolerable Acts. They became a melting pot of people,
which brewed and turned over a new type of person….The
American.