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What were the goals and ideals of the American Revolution?

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dickey2012 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 21, 2012 at 2:10 AM via web

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What were the goals and ideals of the American Revolution?

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beautifulsunshine16 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM (Answer #1)

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At first, the colonist's goal was to restore their natural rights and have some sort of representative in government... but then when things got ugly and there was war from all of the issues, the colonists realized that it was too far gone to be attached to Britain. So, they declared independence and a new form of government based off of the ideas of the Enlightenment and "Common Sense." (democracy)

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 21, 2012 at 2:18 AM (Answer #2)

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The goals and the ideals were related, but not completely the same.  The goal of the Revolution was simple; the colonists wanted to be independent from Britain.  The ideals were connected to this, but went beyond simple independence.  The ideals of the Revolution had to do with democracy.  The Revolution was based on the idea that government existed only by the consent of the people.  It was also based on the idea that the government should exist to preserve the rights of the people.

In other words, simple independence was not sufficient as a goal of the Revolution.  The ideals of the Revolution called not just for independence but for democracy.

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