Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
“The world will never be the same, oh / The ship is in the harbour now”
The new idea of the 13 colonies becoming separated from Europe caused many events, such as the two above; the shot heard around the world, and the Boston Tea Party. People in the colonies then became interested and invested in starting a revolution.
Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.
“And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted away / Across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up”
The poor people, or the people from the lower classes, were being shipped over to the 13 colonies. Some of the people in the upper classes also traveled over in hopes of getting richer, but the two classes stayed separate for the most part.
Collective identity is constructed, and can change over time.
“Another immigrant coming up from the bottom”
In Europe, some of the poorest people decided to sail to the new world in the 13 colonies in hopes of starting over. In the colonies, social classes were almost non existent, so the immigrants had the opportunity to equal rights as everyone else.
The physical environment influences the nature of political, social and economic change.
“In New York you can be a new man”
New York was a place where you could travel to from Europe to start a new life. There were different political decisions, social classes and economic stocks.