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by Washington Irving

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What war occurs while Van Winkle is asleep in "Rip van Winkle"?  

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While Rip van Winkle is sleeping, the American Revolution occurs. This revolutionary war took place from 1765-1783, so when Rip awakens the war has been over for two years.

This American War of Independence, as the British termed it, was waged after Americans began to feel oppressed by taxation without any representation and by British rulers--the king and the aristocracy--who did not exercise their authority for the "good of human society." The need to establish republican values of the inalienable rights of man and liberty and the necessity of...

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