What changes has the town undergone since Rip's absence in "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving?

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The most important change, and the one Irving wishes to emphasize through the allegorical character of Rip's wife, is the social-cultural change from a patriarchial society and culture to one of indiviualism and liberty. One of the changes that bemuses Rip the most is that people are bustling about with talk of war and Congress and debating about political issues related to independence.

The opinions of this junto were completely controlled by Nicholas Vedder, a patriarch of the village, and landlord of the inn, at the door of which he took his seat from morning till night, ... in the shade of a large tree;

America's Revolutionary War introduced a new era that was good...

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