Task: Discuss the factors that brought Americans together.
Unity among Americans is very prudent and irreplaceable, it is the reason that we are at the apex of the world in nearly in all categories such as wealth since the U.S occupies the most billionaires in the world. As Abraham Lincoln, who was the 16th and one of the greatest presidents of all time, said “A nation divided cannot stand”. Internal conflict within one’s own country can prove to be catastrophic and result in a myriad of grim problems. Attempts at preserving unity are ever-present within the courses of history such as in religious matters, war times, and during periods of elevated nationalism.
Religion ties us together by giving us something in common with one another, the common belief that there is higher being known as “God” that orchestrates our way of life. The First Great Awakening in the 1730’s was the first circumstance in which religion is being used as an indirect mean of uniting people through religious preaching. During this era George Whitefield, one of the greatest orators of his generation, was able to attract large crowds of unified people like a magnet attracting a metal. As one can see, religion plays a tremendous role in the unification of people because several different religions of the world still believe in a God of some kind or another.
The United States of America would not be where it is today if we didn’t unite against our common enemies. The American Revolution (1775-1783) portrayed the extension of a mutual dissent among colonists against the tyranny of the British rule over the 13 colonies of America. Americans revolted against the British and went to war; however we were at a disadvantage due to Britain’s superior militia. This disadvantaged fixed since Americans cooperated with each other and knew how to use their territory in the best possible way to fight the opposing British forces. Great Britain had no choice except surrender through means of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war and recognized America as their own nation.
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Nationalism can sometimes be considered as a synonym for unity. Would nationalism exist without unity? No, nationalism is pride for one’s country and usually always by more than one person. Nationalism is a vital part of the creation of the U. S because if one did not care for one’s country, then who would fight to protect it in times of need. The American Revolutionary war, the War of 1812 and etc almost always result in higher national levels of nationalism. It is thanks to the love people have for their country that they give their live for their home such as Nathan Hale who acted as a spy for the US during the Revolutionary war and said “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country” right before his hanging.
Americans need to be on the same page during times of crisis because that is the only way to get through the ordeals presented to them. Americans tend to be more united and nationalistic than any other country in the world when there are things that we have in common that are involved.