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“Could these colonists who had been British and who had celebrated their Britishness for generations become a truly independent people? How could one united people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, and professing the same Protestant religion differentiate themselves from the people of the former mother country? These questions, more than any others, bedeviled the politics of the early decades of the new Republic’s history.”
-Source: Gordon S. Wood, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, 2009