John Dickinson Identifies the Colonial Cause with Virtue and the British with Corruption

John Dickinson Identifies the Colonial Cause with Virtue and the British with Corruption

ByJustin McKinneyAugust 28, 2020

Author:   John Dickinson Date:1770 Annotation: The escalating conflict with Britain after 1763 forced the colonists to define their identity as well as the nature of sovereignty and authority through practical action and philosophic reflection. Republican ideology served as a way to articulate a sense of identity. Increasingly, the colonists envisioned themselves as a people emancipated from religious and political…

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Generals, Federalists, Presidents,
and Major Personalities

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