Nationalism is the act of advocating national independence and/or strong, independent national government. Of the following items, which can be BEST classified as features of United States...

Nationalism is the act of advocating national independence and/or strong, independent national government. Of the following items, which can be BEST classified as features of United States nationalism?

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the Constitution of 1787, the Articles of Confederation, and individual state constitutions.

The Coercive Acts, the Stamp Acts, and the Townshend Acts

Vice Admiralty Courts

All of the answers are expressions of U.S. nationalism.

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The word in this question that you need to pay attention to is “features.”  This means that you are being asked which option is an example of American nationalism, not a cause of that nationalism.  Two of the options that you give here are things that the British did that made Americans angry and caused them to become more nationalistic.  The third lists some things that the Americans did that showed that they felt nationalism.  Hopefully, you will be able to identify the first option as the one that shows nationalism.

The various things that the British did (Coercive Acts, setting up vice-admiralty courts, etc.) do not show that the Americans were nationalistic.  After all, these were not even things that the colonists did so they cannot show nationalism on the part of the colonists.  Instead, they were things that made the colonists angry with the British.  These actions helped lead to American nationalism because they made the colonists feel like they were no longer British but that they belonged to a separate country that should be independent.

The various constitutions showed American nationalism.  The Articles of Confederation and the state constitutions showed the desire for an independent country.  The Constitution showed the desire for a strong central government.  Thus, this option is the correct answer to this question.

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