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Adrienne R. Fleming Professor Andrew Bennet United States History I 09/04/16 Was the American Revolution a Foregone Conclusion? In 1775, war broke out between the British and the American colonist. And by 1776, the colonists declared themselves independent. Following a drawn out and brutal war, in 1783, Britain was force to acknowledge the United States independence. But could the American Revolution have been predicted with 100% certainty. The method in which was used to become independent, maybe not, however, as stated in John Adams’ 1818 leter to H. Niles the American Revolution was inevitable. John Adams writes, “Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the hearts and minds of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations.” 1 Although Americans celebrated the British victory in the Seven Years War and reveled in their identity as Britons, ideas regarding independence were infiltrating the minds of the colonists several years prior to the start of the Seven Years War. Armed with enlightened ideas from scientist Isaac Newton and writer John Locke, the colonist began to progress beyond blind faith and dependency in the monarch to understanding the world in terms of natural laws 1 Adams, John. To H. Niles. Pg. 1
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instead of spiritual and the idea of liberty without the control of the British Empire. 2 These new ideas were shaping the attitudes in relation to politics as well. John Locke argued that a monarchy should be removed if they were not willing to protect the lives, liberty, and property of its people. Jean-Jacques Rousseau stated that a society should be ruled by the “general will”
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