A Contagion of Liberty: Changes in America Between 1763-1815 (920 words)

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Did a “contagion of liberty” change life in America between 1763-1815?
HINT: Explain the political language of slavery, tyranny, and freedom.

Address each of the following questions with at least one paragraph for each as you answer the question above:
How did the Revolutionary War foster a belief in equality?
Why did women believe that the cause of liberty applied to them?
How did the war change perceptions of slavery?
Did Americans still want an established church?
Did the newfound belief in liberty change politics?

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The "contagion of liberty" was a major force in American life between 1763-1815. This sentiment came from important political documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but also from changing attitudes and values of new American citizens. The American Revolution was an act of rejecting one form of government and creating a new form of government based on philosophical ideals of liberty, personal property, and equality.
The first amendment of the United States Constitution is,
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances....

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