Ok so there is a famous quote by someone that goes along the lines of “Before ____ the world recognized us as United States of America. We were not whole. After _____ the world finally saw us as THE United States of America. We had become a unit”. I’ve searched all over the internet for whoever said this quote or what event the speaker was talking about. If anyone could help that would be awesome!
the Civil War.
You weren’t able to find it because your quote is a little off.
“Before the Civil War it was said the United States ARE after the war it was the United States IS”
I found this in Ken Burns documentary The Civil War
I believe it was also in National Treasure 2