Essay on American Identity During The 19th Century

961 Words Jul 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
America is simply defined as “the landmasses and islands of North America, Central America, and South America”. However, to the people of this nation, America stands for so much more. Many years ago, settlers came to the Americas for many reasons. Although it was not easy for many, we have them to thank for settling this great nation. There were many elements important to American identity during this time, and many of these elements can still be seen in today’s time. The main element to American identity at this time was independence. Settlers came from all over to experience the freedom of America. Many came for religious reasons, but there were other opportunities that they could not experience anywhere else. After many events, the colonist decided that they wanted to declare their independence from Britain. The British imposed many taxes on the colonist, which they felt were unfair. The colonist protested these acts, but nothing seemed to work. Thomas Paine, an English-American political activist composed a pamphlet called Common Sense where he wrote about the wrongdoings of Britain and how America should have independence. “Until an independence is declared the continent will feel itself like a man who continues putting off some unpleasant business from day to day, yet knows it must be done, hates to set about it, wishes it over, and is continually haunted with the thoughts of its necessity”, Paine writes. With this image, Paine concludes his pamphlet. His point is…

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