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ACT Question for November 27th

Every Independence Day, Americans celebrate the founding of the United States. Yet for several months after July 4, 1776, the self-proclaimed United States of America looked set to go down in history as a nation that never was. That August, in the biggest battle of the Revolution, the British trounced the Continental Army on Long Island, nearly forcing an American surrender.

The author of the passage uses the phrase self-proclaimed most likely to emphasize that during the months immediately following July 4, 1776, the United States:

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