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Unformatted text preview: come together, first, to fight and win a revolution and, second, to arrive at a consensus on a new form of government? Outline first the elements that divided colonists, then the ways the colonists were able to overcome those divisions in support of the war and then the Constitution of 1787. "The European backgrounds of the colonists and their ongoing conversations with Europe played a larger role than the environment and the peculiar problems of the New World in shaping American character ca 1607-1800." Assess the validity of this statement. Trace the development of an American social and political identity ca 1607 to 1800. How did white settlers in America gradually develop an American identity and ideology distinct from their European roots? What were the major turning points in that transition and why?...
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