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Ap Us History Notes From Unit One Ap Us History Reading Guide

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Change is the building block of history and one of the reasons why the study of history fascinates so many people. We want to recognize what has changed and then understand why this change happened.
Most colonists strove to live lives unfettered by the tyrannies of royal authority, official religion, and social hierarchies that they had left behind. They grew to cherish ideals that became synonymous with American life—reverence for individual liberty, self-government, religious tolerance, and economic opportunity. They also commonly displayed a willingness to subjugate outsiders—first Indians, who were nearly annihilated through war and disease, and then Africans, who were brought in chains to serve as enslaved workers, especially on the tobacco, rice, and indigo plantations of the southern colonies.
Puritans carved the tight, pious, and relatively democratic communities of small family farms out of rocky-soiled New England. Puritans were a tight knit homogenous world in comparison to most of the southern colonies , where large landholders, mostly Anglicans, built plantations along the coast.
Middle colonies, New York to Delaware, had diversity, and were merchants. Quakers claimed Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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1750s & 1760s- By the 1760s the stable and mutualistic arrangement between Great Britain and the colonies began to crumble, a victim to the imperial rivalry between France and Great Britain. The colonists were dragged through The French and Indian War from 1756-1763. In one sense, yes it strengthened their bond fighting side by side next to each other against their French and Indian enemies. However, once the French were driven from the North American continent and the new Anglo-Indian peace treaties were forged, the colonists felt they no longer needed the British army for protection.
The French and Indian War- Also known as The Seven Years’ War, lasted from 1756 to 1763. In the early 1750s, France’s expansion into the Ohio River valley repeatedly brought it into conflict with the claims of the British colonies, especially Virginia. The French provoked war by building a chain of forts in the Ohio River valley, one of the reasons being to halt westward growth of the British colonies. (George Washington was a young colonel in the war. Edward Braddock was a general whom led defeat.) EFFECTS of the French and Indian War- Britain’s victory in the seven year’s war gave them unchallenged supremacy in North America and also established them as the dominant naval power in the world. While Britain thought the colonists had a weak militia and could not protect themselves, the colonists had the opposite opinion and realized they didn’t need Britain and could defend themselves, as they were better adapted to fight in their home territory. Proclamation of 1763- Hoping to prevent future hostilities between...

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