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Some of the factors that encouraged the development of an American identity include the following:
1. Feeling of being an outcast – majority of the people who immigrated into the United States belonged to the fringes of the countries that they came from. For example, the Irish felt left out from the old world. Settling to America gave them a new chance to recreate the life they wanted for themselves and this also became an opportunity to develop a new identity for them as a people.
2. The newness of America – historical accounts written in 1600 to 1800 unilaterally mentioned the harshness of the environment at that time, and this environment helped shaped an American who is hard working, and who values freedom above all things.
On the other hand, the factors that impeded this development are:
1. The fact that the United States were ‘claimed’ by the British government had led to an American identity that is fractured and wary of people who are different. This ownership pitted ‘natives’ against ‘settlers.’ It took a long time before American identity integrated that natives are also Americans.
2. Slavery also led to the further the divisiveness of this identity. People were segregated according to the color of their skin and its impact can still be felt today not only on the American identify but also in the societal development of America itself.
Finally, the historical development of the American society affected the development of the American identity. What I am saying is the history of the United States affects its people and its people affect its history.
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Thank you. I wished I could have elaborated more on the factors or included more factors, but given that I only had 20 minutes, I couldn't. Thank you for letting me help you on this. I enjoyed working on it.
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