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Unformatted text preview: One of the most remarkable things about Franklin was his sense of being an American. Born and raised as a Boston Puritan, he probably grew up feeling that the New World was somehow differentand morally superiorto the Old. Yet most of his contemporaries, especially Bostonians, identified themselves with their colony first and Britain second. They rarely, if at all, thought of themselves as American. By the time of the Revolutionary War, however, many colonists believed in the idea of a united, indivisible America. In the time between Franklin's birth and his death, Americans experienced a dramatic change in their sense of who they were. Franklin was ahead of the curve: he came to see himself as an American earlier than almost anyone else. Through his writings and his actionsespecially the pioneering Albany Plan of Unionhe introduced the idea of a...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07