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"The Identity Of An American Citizen." This Essay Explains In Great Detail What The "Identity" Of An American Citizen Was Like In Pennsylvania During Colonial Times

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The American Citizen of Pennsylvania valued many different things. Some of the main things they valued were family, religion and education, and their economy. The American citizen has greatly changed through out the years.Family is a very important part of life to people of Pennsylvania. Most families during the 1700's were very big. Household often contained Parents, children, and members of the extended family. People were self-reliant, as in they could meet their own need without the help from anyone else. A man's duty in his family was to hunt animals for food, and to cut firewood. They also had to plant and harvest crops. Women in the families usually did household chores. They shear ...view middle of the document...

Religion had a great deal to do with education. Education was view mostly as vocational though. Parents were the children's only teachers. As time went on boys were expected to know how to read and write. During the 1800's religion led the way to an enlargement of the educational system. In 1834, the Free school act passed. In 1857, the Normal School act passed. Education became a daily part of children's lives. Benjamin Franklin was involved in the creation of the traditions of science inquiry. The Franklin Institute was created in 1824. Huan Henry Brackenridge gave the American West its first literary work in his satire "Modern Chivalry". Philadelphia became one of the most important centers for printing. Philadelphia was also the theatrical center of American until 1830, and was the birthplace of American opera.The economy was very important during the 1700's. Philadelphia has had healthy economic growth since the colonial period. Rich farmlands and abundant forests have been important natural resources. Industrialization grew as immigrants came with their skills and...

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