At the eve of the American Revolution, many in the colonies would still rather associate themselves to Britain than to think to unite together. Even if they had grown to be very different from Britain, they still felt than within all the colonies themselves they were also extremely different. Therefore, during the years of 1750-1776, the colonies had started to feel of sense of identity, but weren’t ready to unite just yet. The sense of unity grew stronger during the Revolution.
In the eyes of the colonists each colony was an independent nation, located in one area, this is illustrated in document A which is a political cartoon, drawn by Benjamin Franklin. It’s call for unity was an unsuccessful attempt at unification because not every colony participated with the war. During that era, there was a superstition that a snake which had been cut into pieces would come back to life if the pieces were put together before sunset. The cartoon became a symbol of freedom and democracy during the American Revolutionary War.
Richard Henry Lee, in document C, identifies that some American’s boycotted British-made goods and practiced non-consumption, in order to prove that they are a separate people from Britain. He states that for ever time we refuse to be considered apart of Britain, we are in fact separate from them. In the last line of the document Lee says, “-Manufacturers go rapidly on and the means of repelling force by force are universally adopted.” By this he means that as colonial manufacturing grew, colonists started to view themselves as a successful force and by attempting to defeat Great Britain with their economy, they could excel on their own. Total achievement of identity is visible when Jefferson writes the Declaration of Independence.
Throughout all of the time, there were Tories. These were people who were loyal to the King and Britain. However, they had good reason. Almost 50% of the Tories in the colonies were farmers, they needed the...