Oppression Of North Carolina And South Carolina Essay

1594 Words Sep 28th, 2016 7 Pages
Oppression is common throughout history; resistance is common, also. North Carolina finds its place in the American narrative both as a British colony and later as a state, but it has its own individuality in how that transition was made. While many fellow colonists viewed the inhabitants of North Carolina as backwards or simple, this did not impede the development of a culture that was slowly becoming more diverse and growing as immigration drastically raised the population over the course of several decades. Through the mid-eighteenth century, the inhabitants would have certainly recognized their identity as part of the colony, but unification was mainly only governmental. Those who had immigrated from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany had geographically and ideologically separate settlements throughout the state and were coexisting more so than uniting. However, as time passed, this identity began to change. Being a North Carolinian in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War was not simply characterized by economic status, country of origin, or locale, but it represented a unique development into a mentality of independence through a refusal to submit to the hegemony and growing economic exploitation of the British Crown. This was demonstrated through various actions, many of which were recorded in newspapers around the colony. Specifically, two newspapers, The North-Carolina Weekly Gazette in New Bern and The North-Carolina Gazette in Wilmington, provide…

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