Revolution Dbq

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"The Revolution was affected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people...This radical change in the principles, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution." Explain the meaning of this 1818 statement by John Adams (referring to the Revolutionary era) and assess its validity.

Philosophical words, Once Again
In a letter to Hezekiah Niles on February 3rd of 1818 John Adams, once again, spoke his mighty, philosophical words. "The Revolution was affected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people...This radical change in the principles, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution." Prior to that,
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Because the citizens of the colonies were all fighting for the same reason, there was a connection formed between each of them. This connection brought each individual close together so they could fight side by side against a country pushing them down. The colonies became one nation, one union, and one family. The war that occurred after all the thinking and planning of the colonist did not only create another country in this world. It created a new type of people who roamed a new, undiscovered land. John Adams stated that, “This radical change in the principles, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.” The overall outcome of the war could not be summed up in a better choice of words than this. After the American victory, reality soon sat in. The 13, now states, were on their own. For the first, and last, time, America was at a point of complete unity and peace. Everyone was in rejoicing because of the fact that they finally achieved what was being thought about for years. At this time, the citizens banded together to ensure the success of their new country. The behaviors, thoughts, and hearts of Americans were greatly affected and changed by the war. They realized that they needed one another in order to live under the rule of the government of a country that was what they desired and fought for in the first place. The hearts of Americans were changed and the overwhelming fact that they had

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