The Early United States: A Two Sided Coin

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The topic(s) that will be discussed in this paper include Laws and Federal Policies during early American history. The material discussed in this paper comes exclusively from Exploring American Histories by Nancy A. Hewitt and Steven F. Lawson. This paper will cover documents within the text that pertain to the topic. The aim of this paper is to argue that from even the earliest points in American history, there was an opposing and supporting standpoint to each law and federal policy. Since its start, the United States has been a two-sided coin of support and opposition. Issues such as Independence, Slavery, and Succession are three of the many that show the United States to be a country that does not always come to a consensus.
From the beginning, the United States has been a country at least somewhat divided by political differences. Even in the late 1700s when the Colonists began to consider becoming an independent nation, there were many citizens who were vehemently aghast at the idea of breaking away from their mother country. These two opposing forces were known as the Colonists and the Loyalists. Colonists, such as Thomas Paine, were massive supporters of American independence. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense used biblical references to appeal to the common people and convince them that becoming independent of Britain was the right choice. Paine wrote that the King of Britain was a “brute” and there should be no such leader of a free country such as America. Paine also wrote that in free countries such as America, the Law should be the ultimate King, and no other ruler should go before the Law. Paine also stated that it is a natural right for the colonists to create and uphold their own government. Finally, Paine implored his audience to reflect on their current situation and realize that the smarter choice would be to choose independence. On the opposing side of independence was Charles Inglis. Inglis was a Loyalist to the British crown and adamantly opposed to any type of revolution against Great Britain. Inglis wrote The True Interest of America Impartially Stated, a pamphlet, which declared his loyalist argument(s) against a revolution. Within this pamphlet, Inglis asked readers to consider the consequences of becoming independent from Britain. Inglis stated that Americans were Britons before they were Americans and therefore the British Monarchy was the most suitable form of government for them to uphold. Inglis continued on to point out that attempts at a democratic government had been made before and had failed before. Finally, Inglis stated that a limited monarchy was the only form of government for Americans to live under since they were Britons before they were Americans and so, were still Britons at heart.
Another example of support and opposition of federal policies in the early United States comes from the mid to late 19th century. Slavery was a massive industry during this time period in America. There were a great...

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