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Equality is something Americans strive to provide and maintain we always have It has become a necessary part of our culture even now to the point that when people think of America they naturally think of freedom and equality The foundations of this country have relied upon it just as it was the created by the events in the laying of those foundations JR Pole states in his book The Pursuit of Equality in American History that the American Revolution plays an extremely significant role in the history of equality in American society The American Revolution in all its aspects constituted an upheaval which was also a point of departure and reference for all subsequent definitions of equality it was a major event in the ideology and rhetoric of world history Pole 3 Pole suggests that the reason for the start of the American Revolution was an outraged sense of equality America was so offended by its mother country England that they put an unbelievable amount of emphasis on the very idea of equality making it the center of the nations public morality Pole 38 When the revolution was over the Bill of Rights and the Constitution -- the framework of this nation -- emphasized equality so greatly that it has now persuaded the rest of the world that America is indeed the so called promised land the land of freedom The men who led the colonial protest had little idea that they were inaugurating an intellectual upheaval Pole 132 Yet by the time the Revolutionary War was done America had a new identity and new egalitarian values And this new equality retained a remarkably central place as the moral imperative around which American thinking turned Pole 132 Equality had begun however inadvertently in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War Pole states that during the time of the Revolutionary War it would have been foolish to believe that any event no matter how significant
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