Ricardo Gongora - Paper 1 - A Revolutionary Epitaph (Final)

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Ricardo R. Gongora A Revolutionary Epitaph: One Root, One Republic, One Terror October 1, 2010
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Gongora 2 A Revolutionary Epitaph: One Root, One Republic, One Terror by: Ricardo Gongora The concept of change is a powerful one which, once exponentially amplified, may have such a large impact that it may be deemed revolutionary. This revolutionary type change is quite truly, the focus of 18 th Century France and the Americas. It is a time etched in history defined by the Enlightenment, a time of philosophical and scientific development, followed by two distinct revolutions: The American and French Revolutions. Though these two revolutions have similar roots, - based on the pursuit of common goals, a need for a representative government and a new order - it is the differences in unity , experiences and leadership , and the borrowed notion of a revolution that ultimately causes the polar difference in the outcome of these two revolutions: A Unified American Republic, and the French Terror. The difference in what „ Unity ‟ meant to each of these nations is one of the key elements that led to the eventual polar outcomes of the French and American Revolutions. For the people in America at that time, the concept of unity was more widespread and commonplace. Two of the „leaders‟ of the American Revolution, J efferson and Lafayette “knew well that for the young republic, a sen se of unity was essential” (22) .
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