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It was a war that began on a single bloody day Was the American Revolution a war that began on a single bloody day Quite frankly it was not It could not have been at least if you consider the war to have started at the Battle of Lexington and Concord Although the idea of revolution and freedom had been brewing in the minds of the oppressed since the first time a tyrant claimed his right to rule the war for American independence did not start until America came to exist Prior to the Declaration of Independence the fight with Britain was simply a revolution with the colonists having hopes of changing how they were treated and earning the freedoms that were defined by the Laws of Nature Afterwards it was a war against Britain a war to defend their home country from the English invasion A revolution and a war are two entirely different forms of aggression the former an internal struggle the latter an external one If you disregard the literary meanings of the words revolution and war and consider them one in the same for this quote you have an entirely different story The result is the same however It was not a war that began with just shots being fired and blood being spilled it was a war that began deep in the roots of human civilization The American Revolution could be traced so far back in history that the date on which one could say it all began would seem ridiculous You might argue that it began with Jean-Jacques Rousseaus The Social Contract a book that leaned heavily upon the ideas of popular sovereignty and free will Hanes 460 But isnt it true to say Rousseau was largely influenced by John Locke a seventeenth century scholar that made clear all humans had certain natural god-given rights they should never be deniedHanes 459 And wasnt John Locke a bit
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