Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
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Many revolutions begin with the outbreak of violence, which is often a response to heightened repression or other extraordinary demands from government against their people. The American Revolution is an obvious example. The violence took the form of the Revolutionary War and Congress voiced the leadership. The American Revolution was the first anti-colonial, democratic revolution in history. Americans insisted on representation and when the British denied it, war was inevitable. The Americans won and subsequently, set up their own government. Thus, what was initially undertaken to secure for British Americans guarantees of individual rights equivalent to those enjoyed by fellow Englishmen in Britain quickly became a struggle for political independence. Since the Patriot demands were not going to be met, the colonies proclaimed "themselves" independent from "Mother England" and the United States of America were born.