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A Cultural Approach The cultural and developmental aspects of American history in the 17th and 18th centuries are certainly among the most important and influential factors in the shaping of this countrys long and storied history Historiographically speaking there are undoubtedly thousands upon thousands of different studies and opinions on the most influential cultural strides of early Americans well as the pros and cons that each colonial region developed in shaping America and readying it for the Revolutionary Era Each of these four studies brings a slightly different and even at times conflicting approach to analyzing the cultural and social roots of early America but each one provides a fresh perspective that enhances the idea that America is a true melting pot of ideas social values and cultural traits Zuckerman in his article focuses his attention on the middle colonies and the erroneous tendencies of historians to ignore controversial or pertinent historical issues in favor of obvious harmless social arguments Historians have focused on New England as the true birthplace of America because of its early literature and thought that focused solely on Puritanism and therefore offered an obvious and easy starting point with which to measure the regions cultural metamorphasis However as Zuckerman points out New England was fairly unrepresentative of the real America as it was a homogenous society dominated by English Puritans and their inflexible doctrines and unstatic customs and economy The middle colonies on the other hand were made up of people of many different origins races and creeds and their interrelationships are definitely more symbolic of American culture Like most peoples idea of America the middle colonies developed a commercial culture ba sed on a balanced economy and besides that showed no real homogenous cultural traits that ran through the region Indeed most of the different groups that coexisted in this region did not intermingle with each other at all but instead kept their own distinctive cultural and social
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