Enlightenment Ideas Influence Revolution
As John Boehner once said, "Our freedoms were born in the ideals of the Enlightenment and the musket fires of an historic revolution". What John Boehner is trying to say here is that our freedom that we have today is a direct result of the Enlightenment period along with one of the most vital revolutions that happened on American soil. Not only did the American Revolution affect the United States, but it also fueled other countries to believe that they could take down their own corrupted government in order to gain freedom. There are three main points to look at in the American Revolution, first what caused the revolution, second the three main stages of the revolution, and third how did the American Revolution inspire other countries fight for independence.
From the hours leading up to the start of the revolution all the way to the end of the revolution, there were many great leaders that lead us to our freedom from Great Britain.
The most accomplished leader during the revolution has to be George Washington. George Washington was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army from 1775 to 1783. During this period he led his army to win many battles and eventually defeat England for America's independence from Great Britain. George Washington then went on to become our first President of The United States in 1789.
Another accomplished leader during the revolution is Thomas Jefferson. Before the revolution started, Thomas Jefferson was apart of the Virginia House of Delegates, where he stressed the importance of a revolution. He then became a member of the Second Continental Congress, where he was elected to write The Declaration of Independence.
The colonists had limited access to weapons because Great Britain limited goods that were shipped to the thirteen colonies.