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1 The Great Awakening and Birth of American Individualism

2 Religion in the Colonies It is DYING out. Remember, the first successful English colony was Jamestown. Decades of hard work-people moved beyond religion Jonathan Edwards “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God.” Revivals Birth of new American religious identity American individualism

3 Revivals

4 Revolution Upset by “No Taxation Without Representation” and based on their firm understanding of the Enlightenment (Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Property) Independence is declared. 13 Colonies are now 13 States; the UNITED STATES Each “State” is really it’s OWN country Nothing binded the states together, really The Articles of Confederation will attempt to do this.

5 The Articles of Confederation A “Confederation” is a loose alliance or friendship with another state. Each of the Thirteen “States” vowed to work together to fight England. England quits, the “States” prevail and life goes on. They are weak.They are weak. No central government, no President, no power to tax at the National level Again, each “State” was like it’s own country Once more, the Articles of Confederation WERE WEAK!!!!!!



8 Shay’s Rebellion "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." –T.J. Debt and war upset many veterans, including Daniel Shays They set out to stop the foreclosures by burning court houses and banks, the armory A rebellion ensued; chaos everyhwere.


10 Impact Although some viewed the Articles of Confederation as ineffective, this was the last straw A Constitutional convention was called Again, using the principles of the Enlightenment, a Constitution was drawn up.

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