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Life Liberty The pursuit of happiness These freedoms we hold so dear came from a long English tradition However Americans shaped this history into their own philosophy by creating a recipe with humanitarian and Enlightenment ideas as the essential ingredients The new mix called for a revolution As leaders Paine Jefferson and Crevecoeur shaped the age of liberty and revolution for the American people Their literary works and motivating speeches illustrate their feelings on equality and freedom that would shape their future and our past According to their convictions self-determination and freedom of belief would lead to human equality and a productive society According to Paine Jefferson and Crevecoeur self-determination guarantees the right for all people to have a voice in their government This voice theoretically eliminates infractions of freedom that restrict the individuals ability to contribute economically and socially to their country Thus self-determination benefits both the citizen and the nation In Common Sense Paine envisions the manifestation of this self-determination in a representative democracy while he encourages Americans to form a government that speaks with an American not a British accent Paine asserts the right of a people to be managed by a select number chosen from the whole body who are supposed to have the same concerns at stake which those have who appointed them and who will act in the same manner as the whole body would were they present Paine 503 Crevecoeur agrees that a government should be overthrown when it fails to represent the people He advises Americans to arm themselves against British oppressions and form a self-determined government In Letters from an American Farmer Crevecoeur exclaims Farewell to Britain to that renowned country Alas she herself that once indulgent parent forces me to take up my arms against her Crevecoeur 464 Thomas Jefferson wrote persuasive letters to political leaders across the country in defense of self-determination In a letter to James Madison December
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