As the Eve of Revolution Neared, to What Extent Had the Colonies Developed a Sense of Identity as a Nation

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The span of years from 1750 to 1776 were some of the most important years in American history. Up until the eve of the revolution, the British were still very involved in American lifestyle and there was no unity among the colonies. However, as the eve of revolution neared and harsh acts, salutary neglect, and lack of representation was implied on the colonies by their mother country England, America built a great sense of unity and a sense of identity as a country. The American colonies were very troubled by England before unifying and battling for their freedom. Examples of this were the many acts enforced upon the colonists. The Stamp act, introduced by British prime minister George Grenville in 1765, was established as a means of …show more content…
Four additional laws were made as a penalty of the colonists' actions. The Boston Port Act closed the Boston port, the Massachusetts Govt. act removed legal rights, the Impartial Administration of Justice Act made British soldiers immune to the legal system, and the Quartering Act forced colonists to house British soldiers. These intolerable acts outraged the colonists. For the first time, colonists began to realize that they had to band together as one to survive. Without some form of unity, they could not defend themselves from the injustices they were receiving from Britain. "The arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen, rather than live [like] slaves"(Doc. E). This is from the Continental Congress in July of 1775. The quote explains that America needs a revolution and it's wasn't their fault, its England's fault. Salutary Neglect is when the mother country ignores its daughter due to war or distance. This was the major cause for problems in America. America had its own way for decades but when England suddenly became strict on them it caused tensions between the two nations. Commissioners representing several British colonies met in Albany in 1754 to form a treaty with the Iroquois due to the impending war with the

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