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Unformatted text preview: Every American who wanted independence from Britain–and we should remember that even at the beginning of the war these people were a minority–had his or her own reasons for wanting it. Some knew they would benefit politically or financially. Others believed in the ideals of liberty and equality–ideals an independent America was supposed to represent. Others simply thought independence was inevitable. For everyone, though, the decision to support independence was personal as well as political. Many people had simply gotten fed up with everyday indignities, tired of feeling like second-class citizens. There may not have been a single, particular moment when Franklin became a revolutionary. Probably his feelings changed gradually. That said, Franklin's humiliation in front of his British colleagues might have been the defining moment. He was deeply in front of his British colleagues might have been the defining moment....
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07