Clio’s Notes: Establishing America: 1609-1865 The Period’s Noteworthy Trends 1



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Clio’s Notes: Establishing America: 1609-1865
The Period’s Noteworthy Trends
1. By the 1600s English-speaking people came to the American colonies in large numbers. They brought with them language, customs, and political beliefs that left a permanent mark.

2. Religion played an important role in encouraging people to work hard and to find God for themselves, thus promoting individualism.

3. Americans established their own colonial governments. Most were democratic in nature. These governments had to answer to the King of England and to others in England (investors, for example), but self-rule was rooted early.

4. Americans were diverse. Besides the English, people came from many countries across Europe.

5. Americans were often driven by a desire to achieve material prosperity. A capitalistic economy emerged at the beginning.

6. Slavery started early—by 1619 in Virginia. Issues of race have been important to the American experience since. In this period, race issues help produce the bloodiest war in American history.


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