It Was the American Revolution and NOT the American War for Independence

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Independence was the main focus of the colonies after monarch rule of the British. During this key period of American history, "The American Revolution" would be a more appropriate term instead of "The War for Independence." In the dictionary, the term "revolution" is defined as an overthrow of one government and its replacement with another. The American Revolution gives a broader sense of what is going on; starting from the initial ideology of independence, the acts and protests carried out based on this ideology, and the war that resulted from it. "The War for Independence" is only a small section of the whole spectrum of The American Revolution. In this paper, I will show differences between the two ideas by providing concrete …show more content…
This occurrence was a metaphor to what was going on between England and the colonies in which the British took away their "Liberty." (Class notes) Such acts as this demonstrated a struggle between the British and colonies. This separation and difference would lead to further demonstrations of protest and a plea for political change.

There were many unconventional political revolts that were demonstrated against the British. The Boston Tea Party, for example, demonstrated that anything "Britain" was not desired in the colonies. Radicals in New York called the New York City Sons of Liberty posted up "liberty poles" with banners and flags proclaiming their cause in rebellion. When British troops destroyed them, the Sons of Liberty assembled a larger liberty pole. When British soldiers chopped it down, a riot broke loose. British troops were faces against angry New Yorkers armed with clubs and other weapons. (Faragher p.101) These events were important for the American Revolution; acts of protest and rebellion demonstrated an up-rise against the British influence.

Rebellious acts such as protests and demonstrations are one way of starting an American Revolution. In Tom Paine's case, it was through documents and writings. One of his main focuses was on the problems of monarchy and the concept of absolute rule. Power from ruler to
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