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Why was the American Revolution important to people around the world?

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March 19, 2010 6:29PM

The American Revolution is very important for us to learn about,

because then we can all know not only who won and lost, but

why they won or lost. Why was it unfair to tax the colonies?

Why were the taxes levied on the colonists in the first place?

These were things that need to be known.

A short time after the Revolution started, the Declaration

of

Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson. In

it, he made it clear

why the colonies wanted independence. Jefferson drew on ideas

of Locke

and other Enlightenment thinkers. He asserted that people

had a number

of natural rights, such as "life, liberty and the pursuit of

happiness." The

American Revolution was important to people around the world,

because it

represented a fight for freedom, and because Americans

carried out

Enlightenment ideas.


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