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Nationalism first emerged as the Colonists became more and more Democratic Some arguethat Democracy had always existed in the colonies but didnt begin to emerge until around thebeginning of The Enlightenment I believe that Nationalism was present during theRevolutionary Era but then faded again adding fuel to the fire during the Civil War Colonistsexhibited all the aspects of Nationalism They had a shared sense of cultural identity a goal ofpolitical self determination and the overwhelming majority shared a loyalty to a single nationalColonists were thousands of miles from the king the parliament and Great Britain this led toa new way of life While many aspects of colonial society were taken directly from that ofEngland society they also formed new beliefs and customs as they saw fit TheEnlightenment Helped produce a growing interest in education and a heightened concern withpolitics and government Brinkley pg 85 With this rise of intellectual curiosity also camethe rise of literacy and technology within the colonies The literacy rates rose and more and more people had readily avaliable texts The invention of the printing press led to an influx ofprinted material much of which delt with politics Books pamphlets and almanacs all wereused in expressing the political ideas of many of our great early politicians One reason theStamp Act created such a furor in the colonies was because printing technology-and thus printitself-had by then become central to colonial life The colonies like any nation wanted to be self-sufficient but due to the fixed amount ofwealth this was impossible unless they obtained an outside source of income Mercantilismwas a essential part of colonial society the demand for imported goods was great Englandpassed the Navigation Acts to limit the Colonies trade with outside sources The Sugar Actwhich again prohibited trade especially that of sugar between the colonies and the Frenchand Spanish Claims in the West Indies With all the restrictions placed upon them it was onlynatural that the colonists
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