Being an American is all about we the people being united together under the Constitution and living the freedoms described within it. Unity is a value that keeps our country from falling at the seams. Abraham Lincoln said himself that a nation divided against itself cannot stand. When we are all in agreement to keep the freedoms our Founding Fathers established, we are unconquerable and can prosper.
This value can be seen during 1700-1800. America as we know it today was divided into English, French, and Spanish colonies, and Native peoples. Each colony desired a way of living that clashed with the desires of their neighboring colonies, which caused severe divisive issues, slavery being one of them. Within the English colony, there were agricultural Puritans in the north and indentured laborers working in tobacco plantations in the south. As long as these two different societies were taking place, there was no sense of unity.
Throughout the early to late 1700s, the idea of unity was slowly being grasped and practiced. The Seven Years’ War and the Great Awakening were some incidents that caused some unity amongst the people. The result of the Seven Years’ War was the end of the French colony’s position as a major colonial power in America. This made America stronger because the British colony had to come together in order to defeat the French. The Great Awakening brought many people together through the passionate preaching of Puritans. These significant events led to the paramount occasion - the United States Constitution.
Adopted on September 17, 1787, the Constitution was truly what made this country unite. Of coarse there were other mandatory occurrences in history that got us to this point (such as the American Revolution), but it was the Constitution that kept our country from going back to a divided nation. No matter how great the effects of the Seven Years’ War, the First Great Awakening, and the American Revolution were, I personally believe that...