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How did the USA get its name?

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by ghrit, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    From --
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4869353...rned to Mixed=1&__utmk=174635682#.UC5LkaPHlnA
    Heavily edited by me, red emphasis added.
    By Byron DeLear Contributor
    updated 8/16/2012 6:08:21 PM ET
    It may seem surprising, but nobody is really sure who came up with the phrase, “United States of America.”
    Speculation generally swirls around a familiar cast of characters – the two Toms (Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson), Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin, and even a gentleman named Oliver Ellsworth (a delegate from the Constitutional Convention of 1787). But every instance of those gentlemen using the name "UnitedStatesofAmerica" is predated by a recently discovered example of the phrase in the Revolutionary-era Virginia Gazette.
    So who was perhaps the first person ever to write the words "UnitedStates of America"?

    That was how the author of an essay in the Gazette signed the anonymous letter. During that time, it was common practice for essays and polemics to be published anonymously in an attempt to avoid future charges of treason – only later has history identified some of these authors.
    The discovery adds a new twist – as well as the mystery of the Planter's identity – to the search for the origin of a national name that has now become iconic.

    Several references mistakenly credit Paine with formulating the name in January 1776. Paine’s popular and persuasive book, "Common Sense," uses “United Colonies,” “American states,” and “FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES OF AMERICA,” but he never uses the final form.
    The National Archives, meanwhile, cite the first known use of the “formal term United States of America” as being the Declaration of Independence, which would recognize Jefferson as the originator. Written in June 1776, Jefferson’s “original Rough draught” placed the new name at the head of the business – “A Declaration by the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in General Congress assembled."
    Jefferson clearly had an idea as to what would sound good by presenting the national moniker in capitalized letters. But in the final edit, the line was changed to read, “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.” The fact that “United States of America” appears in both versions of the Declaration may have been enough evidence to credit Jefferson with coining the phrase, but there is another example published three months earlier.
    Beginning in March 1776, a series of anonymously written articles began appearing in The Virginia Gazette – one of three different Virginia Gazettes being published in Williamsburg at that time. Addressed to the “Inhabitants of Virginia,” the essays present an economic set of arguments promoting independence versus reconciliation with Great Britain. The author estimates total Colonial losses at $24 million and laments the possibility of truce without full reparation – and then voices for the first time what would become the name of our nation.

    “What a prodigious sum for the united states of America to give up for the sake of a peace, that, very probably, itself would be one of the greatest misfortunes!” – A PLANTER
    So who is A PLANTER?

    “Many to whom this language is new, may, at first, be startled at the name of an independent Republick, [and think that] the expenses of maintaining a long and important war will exceed the disadvantages of submitting to some partial and mutilated accommodation. But let these persons point out to you any other alternative than independence or submission. For it is impossible for us to make any other concessions without yielding to the whole of their demands.”
    source_ChristianScienceMonitor.standard. source_ChristianScienceMonitor.standard.
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  2. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Who was the first person to bear the title the president of the united states.... It wasn't George Washington... He was the 11th...

    Samuel Huntingdon first Bore the title of the President of the United States in Congress Assembled... John Hanson third to bear the title signed his letters the President of the United States ...

    ain;t history interesting....;)
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