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Christa Aaron 901981111 6-6-07 Question 1: Even though John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson had differing reasons for becoming involved in the movement for America independence, each felt he could gain something from American independence. One thing that these men had in common was farming. They all had a love for their land and the hard work required to maintain a farm that would bring them pride and honor. Independence gave each of these men a sense of fulfillment. A main motivation that John Adams had for becoming involved in the fight for American independence was freedom. The Stamp Act, as Adams believed, was a direct violation of American freedom. The feelings of discontentment from the Stamp Act, and irritation from Americans accepting appointments from the British crown, led Adams to associate virtue with America and vice with England. Adam’s believed that American independence could lead to new areas of involvement and action for men who desired something more fulfilling than the success currently available. One of George Washington’s biggest motivations was honor. He wanted everything he did, owned or commander to reflect him with honor and also reflect the country with honor. He believed that military honor was worth any sacrifice, and so it seems that he would do anything to achieve military honor, and that would be leading the American army in fighting for independence. Uncovering Thomas Jefferson’s motivations in becoming involved in the fight for independence are much more difficult than the previous two men. Even though he was a mild tempered man, Jefferson loved controversy, but avoided debates about himself. Thus, he enjoyed bringing about controversy, especially controversy concerning American freedom.
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