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What are some reasons why people joined the Patriots in the Revolutionary War?

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asmathwiz | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM via web

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What are some reasons why people joined the Patriots in the Revolutionary War?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM (Answer #1)

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There were many reasons why people joined the Patriot side in this war.  Among them were 

  • Ideology.  Some people truly believed in the ideas of the Revolution.  They believed that monarchy was wrong and that the colonies should be free from Britain.
  • Personal reasons.  Some joined because they had grudges against the British or because their local enemies were Tories.
  • Adventure.  Young men often sign up to go to war just because they think it will be a great adventure.
  • A desire for freedom.  Some African American slaves joined the Patriot side because they hoped that doing so would allow them to gain their freedom.

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