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Past and ProloguePolitics and Memory in the American Revolution$
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Michael D. Hattem

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300234961

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300234961.001.0001

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The Colonial Past in the Early Republic

The Colonial Past in the Early Republic

(p.183) Chapter Five The Colonial Past in the Early Republic
Past and Prologue

Michael D. Hattem

Yale University Press

This chapter examines representations of the colonial past in the two decades following the end of the war. It explores how postwar Americans reimagined their shared colonial past in light of the present by stressing the colonies’ practical independence from Britain and internal unity from the earliest days of settlement. In doing so, this new shared colonial past contributed to both a sense of historical and cultural independence from the former mother country and a historical narrative that de-radicalized the Revolution by stressing continuity between the colonial past and present. It argues that reimagining the colonial past was a critical part of the efforts to create a shared national history that would foster national identity in the new republic.

Keywords:   early republic, nationalism, identity, American Revolution, colonial America, historical memory, political culture

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