The American culture began with the American Revolutionary war. The war was about defending the Colonies against an attack by the French and the British. The British had very high taxes in their country. So they decided to shift some of their financial burden to the colonists. The Stamp Act of 1765, which taxed all legal documents, newspapers and other documents, had caused a great upheaval in the Colonies. In 1766, this tax was revoked, but this was just the beginning of the problems between the colonists and the British. The Boston Tea Party in 1773 was an act of rebellion against the British and their tax on tea in the Colonies. These tensions ultimately led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. A year earlier, the War of Independence, also known as the American Revolution, began. The British finally admitted defeat and surrendered on October 19, 1781; Americans were formally independent of Britain. Americans established their own government and two parties emerged which were the federalists and the republicans. We Americans had a lot to deal with during this time period. They had to struggle with the need to increase taxes to pay for the American Revolutionary war as well as deal with the French Revolution, which had divided American support between France and Britain. With the purchase of the Louisiana territory and the Lewis and Clarke expedition the United States expanded west. The many different races and cultures began to create a “melting pot” and this was the beginning of the American culture. America wanted separation from England and as time passed Americans began doing things there own way and began forming their own traditions, laws and government.
Benjamin Franklin played a major role in forming the American culture. Benjamin Franklin was an extremely intelligent and creative man. He was one of the most important of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a scientist, an inventor, a diplomat and an activist against slavery. As a scientist he made many discoveries such as electricity, the Franklin stove, the medical catheter, lightening rod and bifocals. He was also a political writer. He initially developed the idea to see America as a nation. He also helped to secure an alliance between France and America. This helped us to secure our freedom and independence during the American revolutionary war. He became America’s hero when he led the effort to have parliament repeal the Stamp Act. Benjamin was a genuine reflection of the American culture. He emulated Americanism and he was an example to all. He was a true renaissance man. He helped to form allies with other countries and as well he urged the states in American to merge together to become one nation, he new that together as one nation we would be invincible. He along with the other Founding Fathers had a vision of how this country could prosper into something great. He was a prime example of how a true American should be. Benjamin Franklin helped to create our American culture by showing that anything is possible and that no vision is ever to big to come true here in this nation of hopes and dreams.