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America's Path to Independence

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America was colonized by Great Britain in the 18th century. They gained their independence in 1776 and from there became a new, independent country in charge of themselves. However, they were still dependent politically, economically, and culturally on Europe. But, by 1830 America became independent politically by setting up their own government, economically with a foundation based on capitalists, and culturally by creating a new culture defined by new ways of speaking and behavior. Democracy became the foundation of America, unlike the monarchies all around the world, leading America to be the only successful democratic government of the time. The United States economy became the product of capitalism and a new labor class, instead of investments of the rich. Social differences such as an American dialect and class structure became entirely independent from Europeans. Before 1830, America had gained political independence by winning the American Revolution and the War of 1812. However, they still relied on Great Britain to back them up in the Monroe Doctrine. That was until the U.S. built up their army in the late 1820s early 30s and were able to turn dependence on Europe to a partnership and alliance. Another thing that made America independent from European politics is that America set up a democratic government and not a monarchy. Americans believed that monarchies take money from their people in order to run their country (Doc C). People came to America in search of freedom and independence, so America developed a political system founded on these ideals instead of wealth and power. And although their government was strong, it was not until around the 1830s that the American government began to become powerful and showed ... ... middle of paper ... ...h Language in America," Annals of American History. Ed. A Diary in America, London, 1839, Vol. II, pp. 217–247. Document E: Francis J. Grund " Reflections on America," Annals of American History. Ed. The Americans, in Their Moral, Social, and Political Relations, Boston, 1837, pp. 37–41, 206–211, 223–224, 323–324. Document F: Shepherd, William R. The Organization of Territories in the United States since 1803. Map. 1923. University of Texas Libraries. Web. 31 Oct. 2013. . Document G: Ralph Waldo Emerson " Young America," Annals of American History. Ed. Nature Addresses and Lectures, Boston, 1903, pp. 363–395. Document H: Nathan Appleton " Labor and Wealth in Europe and America," Annals of American History. Ed. Labor, Its Relations in Europe and the United States Compared, Boston, 1844.
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