The American Revolutionary War: The Pursuit Of Freedom

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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it” (Paine, 1777). The American Revolution is revealed as a long term investment. The pursuit of liberty is paid for with lost lives, lost wealth, and lost cultural norms. Equivalent to today’s population, millions of lives are lost. Equivalent to today’s economy, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent. Cultural losses, such as religious intolerance, elite power, and eventual loss of slave property, are facilitated by the fight for freedom and liberty. Whether destructive or constructive in nature, the lengthy War of Independence is costly indeed.

The American Revolutionary War is one of the longest running wars in American history; third only to the Afghanistan and Vietnam wars. As a consequence, this eight year battle for American independence results in immense loss of life. Approximately “200,000 men bore arms in the American army” (Foner, 2012, p.201), and as much as “50,000 in
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The well-established culture, where authoritative roles are held by the wealthy educated elite and traditional religious institutions, is faced with authoritative shifts. Unfamiliar conditions must be addressed. For instance, with separation of church and state, religious ideologies no longer dictate policy, therefore how can states ensure voting and decisions are righteous? Additionally, with endowing individual rights to uneducated common men, how can states ensure voting and decisions are intelligent? Finally, with freedom and liberty for all mankind, how can states address existing societal ideology contradictions where slaves and women are property? These questions can only be answered at the cost of losing accepted cultural norms, facilitating a new tolerant, educated, inclusive culture brought on by the War of

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